The King’s Speech, True Grit Top Oscar Nominations

Whew. After being shut out from the Golden Globes, I’m SO happy to see ‘True Grit’ score ten Oscar nominations, right behind ‘The King’s Speech’ with 12.

true-grit-1 I don’t understand why there’s only three nominations for Best Animated Picture, though. No ‘Owls of Ga’hoole’? No ‘Tangled’? No ‘Despicable Me’? Surely they could have added a few more nominees in that category.

After the jump, check out the entire list of nominations, with my picks for who SHOULD win and who’s going to win.

127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network – WILL WIN
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone – SHOULD WIN

Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech – SHOULD WIN and WILL WIN
James Franco, 127 Hours

Christian Bale, The Fighter – SHOULD WIN and WILL WIN
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right – WILL WIN
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone – SHOULD WIN
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter – WILL WIN
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit – SHOULD WIN
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3 – SHOULD WIN and WILL WIN (though I would have liked to see more nominations)

Alice in Wonderland, Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
Happy Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
Inception, Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat – SHOULD WIN
The King’s Speech,
Eve Stewart, Judy Farr – WILL WIN
True Grit,
Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

Black Swan, Matthew Libatique
Inception, Wally Pfister – SHOULD WIN and WILL WIN
The King’s Speech,
Danny Cohen
The Social Network, Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit, Roger Deakins

Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood – SHOULD WIN
I Am Love,
Antonella Cannarozzi
The King’s Speech, Jenny Beaven – WILL WIN
The Tempest,
Sandy Powell
True Grit, Mary Zophres

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit
David Fincher, The Social Network – WILL WIN
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
David O. Russell, The Fighter – SHOULD WIN

BEST DOCUMENTARY (I still need to watch a few of these before picking winners)
Exit Through the Gift Shop, Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
Gasland, Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
Inside Job, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
Restrepo, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
Waste Land, Lucy Walker and Angus Aynley

Killing in the Name (Nominees TBD)
Poster Girl (Nominees (TBD)
Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
Sun Come Up, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
The Warriors of Qiugang, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

127 Hours, Jon Harris
Black Swan, Andrew Weisblum – SHOULD WIN
The Fighter
, Pamela Martin
The King’s Speech, Tariq Anwar – WILL WIN
The Social Network
, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

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

Barney’s Version, Adrien Morot
The Way Back, Eduoard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk, Yolanda Toussieng
The Wolfman, Rick Baker and Dave Elsey – SHOULD WIN and WILL WIN

127 Hours, A.R. Rahman
How to Train Your Dragon, John Powell
Inception, Hans Zimmer – SHOULD WIN
The King’s Speech
, Alexandre Desplat
The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – WILL WIN

“Coming Home,” Country Strong, Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light,” Tangled, Alan Menken, Glenn Slater – SHOULD WIN
“If I Rise,” 127 Hours, A.R. Rahman, Dido, Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together,” Toy Story 3, Randy Newman – WILL WIN

Day & Night, Teddy Newton
The Gruffalo, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
Let’s Pollute, Geefwee Boedoe
The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary), Bastien Dubois

The Confession, Tanel Toom
The Crush, Michael Creagh
God of Love, Luke Matheny
Na Wewe, Ivan Goldschmidt
Wish 143, Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Inception, Richard King
Toy Story 3, Tom Myers and Michael Silvers – WILL WIN
TRON: Legacy
, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
True Grit, Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
Unstoppable, Mark P. Stoeckinger – SHOULD WIN

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

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

Another Year, written by Mike Leigh
The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson – SHOULD WIN
, written by Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right, written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech, Screenplay by David Seidler – WILL WIN

127 Hours, Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin – WILL WIN
Toy Story 3
, Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
True Grit, written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone, adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini – SHOULD WIN

What are your picks? Which film should win Best Picture?



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  1. Alexandra Avatar

    Thanks for this list. It helps me make movie selections. We don’t go see that many films anymore, but have an opportunity while in the city this week. I’m hoping Gasland will win in the documentary category as the hydro-fracking issue could certainly do with a bit of extra attention.

  2. Sheryl Avatar

    I need to get myself to the movies before the Oscars air. I’ve seen some but not nearly enough. I so enjoy reading your picks; it must be fun in your house on the night of the awards. Do you have a big party?
    Personally, I’m rooting for Natalie Portman. I thought her performance was over-the-top amazing.

  3. NoPotCoooking Avatar

    I agree with a lot of your picks. I have not seen the King’s Speech and cannot bring myself to. I have a terrible time in British movies being able to hear and understand everything they say. I have to say I gave up on The Kids Are Alright about halfway through. My husband said it felt like an afterschool special, but I thought Annette Bening did a wonderful job in what I did see

  4. Melanie Avatar

    One disadvantage of living at the bottom of the world is that many of the movies in the Oscar nominations don’t make it to release here until after the awards. It makes the ceremonies a whole lot less interesting to watch.

    When I lived in the States, I used to always makes sure I at least saw all the Best Picture nominations before the big day. Now that is impossible without a trip overseas!

  5. Roxanne Avatar

    I need to print this out and add movies to my Netflix list. Thanks!

  6. Laura Byrne Paquet Avatar

    Thanks for the whole list! For a change, I’ve actually seen some of the nominated movies (usually, I wait to watch them on DVD). I must admit, I don’t understand all the love for The Social Network. It had its moments, but I couldn’t hear half of what the actors said, either because they were mumbling or because the music drowned them out. I’m usually a huge Aaron Sorkin fan, but I thought this movie was not one of his best efforts. I’d take most episodes of Sports Night or West Wing over this movie in a heartbeat.

  7. Casey Avatar

    Didn’t the Academy specifically limit the Best Animated field to three nominees a few years ago? Or am I making that up? Either way, it matters not in a year when there’s a Toy Story movie out.

  8. merr Avatar

    I like that you’ve posted this way. I heard the nominations and wondered about the inevitable – who should, who will, why and all that! Now I’ve got something to refer to as discussions ensue.

  9. MyKidsEatSquid Avatar

    I loved True Grit so I was happy to see it draw plenty of Oscar nods.

  10. Kerry Avatar

    thanks for the list, Jane. good to have your views, especially for films I’ve yet to see.

  11. Susan Avatar

    I’ve heard of most of these but haven’t seen all of them. I added a bunch to my NF queue, though. Thanks for the suggestions, Jane!

  12. Donna Hull Avatar

    Since I haven’t seen many of these films, okay, I haven’t seen ANY of them, I’ll trust your good judgement, Jane. Adding them to my Netflicks queue.

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  14. sarah henry Avatar

    Nice to see some really solid movies and performances in the mix. What did you think of Ricky Gervais turn at the Golden Globes, Jane?

    I thought he was hilarious, totally politically incorrect, and that certain folks in Hollywood need to develop a sense of humor. Just saying.

  15. Stephanie - Wasabimon Avatar

    Jesse Eisenberg and James Franco are up for best actor? Wow, that seems so random to me.

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