Oscar nominations: The King's Speech receives 12 noms, with True Grit, The Social Network, and Inception close behind

Posted by: Paul Little  //  January 25, 2011 @ 9:26am

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are coming up on February 27th, and with one month to go until the biggest awards show in entertainment, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this morning announced the Oscar nominations bright and early.

Receiving the most nominations was The King's Speech, pulling in a whopping twelve in total, including in five of the six major categories. True Grit, which was mostly overlooked at the Golden Globes, received ten nominations, while Inception and The Social Network received eight nominations each.

The Academy is continuing with nominating ten films for Best Picture, and instead of diluting the category, it has once again allowed recognition for films that might have been overlooked in other categories. Box office successes like Toy Story 3 and Inception are joined by more art house fare, such as Winter's Bone and Black Swan.

Interestingly, two of the five nominees for Best Actor were nominated in the same category last year -- Jeff Bridges (last year's winner) and Colin Firth. It's a bit surprising to not see Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti (Barney's Version) in this category, even if he did win in the Comedy Actor category at the Globes, but as all the nominees are respected actors who gave great performances, it was a tough one to crack. The Best Actress category contains four previous Oscar nominees, though only Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) is a past winner.

Another notable oversight was in the Best Director category. In most years, the nominees line up perfectly with the five directors nominated for the Director's Guild award, however this year we see the Coens nominated for True Grit in place of Inception's Christopher Nolan.

It's very nice to see Denis Villeneuve's Incendies nominated in the Best Foreign Language Feature category, even though Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful is the definite favourite in that category. I was also hoping to see the underrated Tangled nominated for Best Animated Feature, but with only three available slots this year, several strong films were left out. It's almost certain to be a win for Toy Story 3, anyway.

Below is the complete list of nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards. The ceremony take place Sunday, February 27th @ 8E/5P on ABC and CTV. Be sure to keep following ShowbizMonkeys.com, as we will once again be down in Hollywood for the Oscars, bringing you our unique coverage from the Red Carpet.

Best Picture

  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter's Bone

Best Actor

  • Javier Bardem in Biutiful
  • Jeff Bridges in True Grit
  • Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
  • Colin Firth in The King's Speech
  • James Franco in 127 Hours

Best Actress

  • Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right
  • Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone
  • Natalie Portman in Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor

  • Christian Bale in The Fighter
  • John Hawkes in Winter's Bone
  • Jeremy Renner in The Town
  • Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right
  • Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams in The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter in The King's Speech
  • Melissa Leo in The Fighter
  • Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit
  • Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom

Best Director

  • Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan
  • Joel Coen & Ethan Coen for True Grit
  • David Fincher for The Social Network
  • Tom Hooper for The King's Speech
  • David O. Russell for The Fighter

Best Screenplay (Adapted)

  • 127 Hours (Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy)
  • The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
  • Toy Story 3 (Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich)
  • True Grit (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
  • Winter's Bone (Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini)

Best Screenplay (Original)

  • Another Year (Mike Leigh)
  • The Fighter (Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington, Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson)
  • Inception (Christopher Nolan)
  • The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg)
  • The King's Speech (David Seidler)

Best Animated Feature

  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Feature

  • Biutiful (Mexico)
  • Dogtooth (Greece)
  • In a Better World (Denmark)
  • Incendies (Canada)
  • Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (Algeria)

Best Original Score

  • 127 Hours (A.R. Rahman)
  • How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)
  • Inception (Hans Zimmer)
  • The King's Speech (Alexandre Desplat)
  • The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)

Best Original Song

  • "Coming Home" from Country Strong (Music and Lyrics by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey)
  • "I See the Light" from Tangled (Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Glenn Slater)
  • "If I Rise" from 127 Hours (Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyrics by Dido and Rollo Armstrong)
  • "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 (Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman)

Best Documentary Feature

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Gasland
  • Inside Job
  • Restrepo
  • Waste Land

Best Documentary Short

  • Killing in the Name
  • Poster Girl
  • Strangers No More
  • Sun Come Up
  • The Warriors of Qiugang

Best Animated Short

  • Day & Night
  • The Gruffalo
  • Let's Pollute
  • The Lost Thing
  • Madagascar, carnet de voyage

Best Live-Action Short

  • The Confession
  • The Crush
  • God of Love
  • Na Wewe
  • Wish 143

Best Cinematography

  • Black Swan (Matthew Libatique)
  • Inception (Wally Pfister)
  • The King's Speech (Danny Cohen)
  • The Social Network (Jeff Cronenweth)
  • True Grit (Roger Deakins)

Best Editing

  • Black Swan (Andrew Weisblum)
  • The Fighter (Pamela Martin(
  • The King's Speech (Tariq Anwar)
  • 127 Hours (Jon Harris)
  • The Social Network (Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter)

Best Art Direction

  • Alice in Wonderland (Art Direction: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Art Direction: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan)
  • Inception (Art Direction: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat)
  • The King's Speech (Art Direction: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr)
  • True Grit (Art Direction: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh)

Best Costume Design

  • Alice in Wonderland (Colleen Atwood)
  • I Am Love (Antonella Cannarozzi)
  • The King's Speech (Jenny Beavan)
  • The Tempest (Sandy Powell)
  • True Grit (Mary Zophres)

Best Makeup

  • Barney's Version (Adrien Morot)
  • The Way Back (Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk & Yolanda Toussieng)
  • The Wolfman (Rick Baker & Dave Elsey)

Best Sound Editing

  • Inception (Richard King)
  • Toy Story 3 (Tom Myers and Michael Silvers)
  • Tron: Legacy (Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague)
  • True Grit (Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey)
  • Unstoppable (Mark P. Stoeckinger)

Best Sound Mixing

  • Inception (Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo & Ed Novick)
  • The King's Speech (Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen & John Midgley)
  • Salt (Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan & William Sarokin)
  • The Social Network (Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick & Mark Weingarten)
  • True Grit (Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff & Peter F. Kurland)

Best Visual Effects

  • Alice in Wonderland (Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas & Sean Phillips)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz & Nicolas Aithadi)
  • Hereafter (Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski & Joe Farrell)
  • Inception (Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley & Peter Bebb)
  • Iron Man 2 (Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright & Daniel Sudick)

Tags: Oscars, Academy Awards, awards shows, nominations, The King's Speech, True Grit, The Social Network, Inception, Black Swan, Toy Story 3

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Paul Little is the founder and Managing Editor of ShowbizMonkeys.com. When not interviewing his favourite musicians and comedians, he can also be found at The Purple Room in Winnipeg, where he is Artistic Director. (@comedygeek)

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