Oscar Nominations for 2010

The nominees were announced earlier today, at the crack of dawn. I still do not know why this is the schedule AMPAS follows – perhaps to prevent leaks to the press? Either way, the frontrunners have been well known for a while, but there were still some interesting surprises. Below I have outlined the major categories and try to predict the winners, as well as examine some of the more surprising nominees.

Watching it live stream. Apparently they are making us wait while James Franco and Anne Hathaway (the hosts) talking, and other mind numbing pieces of drivel. I don’t care what “people on the street” think their favorite films were (ESPECIALLY when they are saying stuff like Twilight) but whatever. About a minute to go.

Here we go:

Best Picture

Black Swan

The Fighter


The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

No real surprises here. I still believe that they could pare the list back down to five, and Toy Story 3 should not have been nominated. But a good list overall.

Best Director

Darren Arronofsky for Black Swan

David Fincher for The Social Network

Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for True Grit

David O. Russell for The Fighter

I am kind of surprised to see Tom Hooper, honestly. That film was built more around performances than directing. I have not seen The Fighter (unfortunately) so I cannot comment on that nomination – although I must confess I had no idea David O. (I Heart Huckabees) Russell directed it.

Best Actor

Javier Bardem for Biutiful

Jeff Bridges for True Grit

Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network

Colin Firth for The King’s Speech

James Franco for 127 Hours

Colin Firth will win, guaranteed. Besides, how can the host (Franco) be up for a nomination?

Best Actress

Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right

Natalie Portman for Black Swan

Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone

Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine

Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole

It’s going to be a contest between Natalie Portman and Annette Bening. Frankly, I hope Bening wins; she has deserved it for quite some time, and her performance in The Kids Are All Right is one of her best.

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale for The Fighter

John Hawkes for Winter’s Bone

Jeremy Renner for The Town

Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right

Geoffrey Rush for The King’s Speech

Rush will probably win. I am kind of surprised to see Jeremy Renner, obviously. He was good, but his performance did not really stand out for me as much as I think it should to be nominated for an Oscar.

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams for The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter for The King’s Speech

Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit

Melissa Leo for The Fighter

Jackie Weaver for Animal Kingdom

Hailee Steinfeld only received a supporting nomination? I feel she gave a fine enough performance (and had more than enough screen time) to be put into the Best Actress category. I am kind of hoping to see her win.

Best Adapted Screenplay

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

Why is Toy Story 3 here again? Anyway, Sorkin is pretty much guaranteed a win for The Social Network.

Best Original Screenplay

Another Year

The Fighter


The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

Hmm…Inception may very well be what wins in this category. That or The King’s Speech. I suppose The Kids Are All Right also has a chance, but I cannot imagine it winning. 

The actual ceremony will take place on February 27, 2011. As has become a sort of tradition, I shall be doing a live recap of the ceremony.

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One Response to Oscar Nominations for 2010

  1. Agree that Tom Hooper was lucky to get a director nom – King’s Speech is not the most visually enticing film ever made and plays more as a solid, made for tv drama.
    Haille Steinfield’s supporting nom for a lead role is just pure politics and shouldn’t be allowed.

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