And the Academy Award MIGHT Go To…

by | Jan 25th, 2011 | 10:52AM | Filed under: Award Shows

The King's SpeechWhile you slept until your alarm rang this morning, anyone in Hollywood with even the remotest chance of landing an Academy Award nomination was on pins and needles all last night and into the wee hours.  For today was the day that the list of Oscar contenders was announced at the crack of dawn by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2009 winner Mo’Nique (Precious).

Rest assured that Locke and I will be talking a lot more about the Oscars in the weeks to come, so for now I’ll just point out that The King’s Speech is leading the pack with 12 nominations, and many think it will be a battle between Tom Hooper’s tale of King George VI and David Fincher’s The Social Network for the biggest prize of the night.

As for snubs, most industry commentators are utterly and totally shocked that Christopher Nolan’s name is missing from the Best Director list for his impressive feat of pulling off Inception. And quite a few people (including me) are bewildered as to how Michelle Williams could score a nod for her role in Blue Valentine when Ryan Gosling didn’t. But I am relieved not to see Mila Kunis among the women up for Best Supporting Actress. I repeat once again: She was barely in the movie! I believe a lot of male critics just are in love with her because of that scene — you know, the one in which she gets it on with Natalie Portman. Sorry guys, that’s not enough to warrant a gold statue.

The complete list of nominations can be found here, but below are some of the biggest categories. As you’ll see, many of the films are currently available at redbox — make sure you’re caught up by the time the big show airs on Feb 27! (And if you think you can predict the winners — and beat your friends and critics — make sure you play redbox’s Movie Awards Game on Facebook!)

Best Picture

• Black Swan

• The Fighter

• Inception (on DVD and Blu-ray at redbox)

The Kids Are All Right

• The King’s Speech

• 127 Hours

• The Social Network (on DVD and Blu-ray at redbox)

• Toy Story 3 (on DVD and Blu-ray at redbox)

• True Grit

• Winter’s Bone  (on DVD and Blu-ray at redbox)

Actor in a Leading Role

• 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

Actress in a Leading Role

• 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

Actor in a Supporting Role

• Christian Bale in The Fighter

• John Hawkes in Winter’s Bone

• Jeremy Renner in The Town (on DVD and Blu-ray)

• Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right

• Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech

Actress in a Supporting Role

• 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


Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky)

The Fighter (David O. Russell)

The King’s Speech (Tom Hooper)

The Social Network (David Fincher)

True Grit (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)

What say you — are the nominations pretty much what you were expecting,
or is there a snub you’re furious about?

(And don’t forget to play redbox’s Movie Awards Game on Facebook!)

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