Wednesday, January 26, 2011

And the Nominees are...

Alright well I'm a day late and a dollar short on this one, but technically, I've already blogged about this. Check out my first piece for the E! on the Q Blog, if you please. I think I wrote all of 3 sentences but I did correct the grammar & punctuation of every news outlet that posted Oscar noms and put the titles of movies in quotation marks.
However, that was an opinion-less post and this will assuredly not be one of those. There weren't very many surprises in who did get nominated but there were a few upsets and I'll get to those in a minute. First, here are my predictions for the majority of the categories.

Best Actress
I wish I could say Annette Bening (The Kids Are Alright) but I'm going to have to give it to Natalie Portman (Black Swan).

Best Actor
I'm going for Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) for an upset over Colin Firth (The King's Speech).

Best Supporting Actress
For both of the supporting roles, I'm being consistent with the Golden Globe winners from The Fighter: Melissa Leo.

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale.

Best Original Screenplay
Christopher Nolan for Inception

Best Adapted Screenplay
Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy for 127 Hours based on the book Between a Rock & a Hard Place by Aron Ralston.

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan

Best Animated Feature Film
Of course I'm going to say Toy Story 3. The only other film nominated in this category that I've seen was How to Train Your Dragon and it was not my thing.

Best Picture
I'm going to say The King's Speech but it's highly likely that The Social Network will repeat their Golden Globes victory.
Check back after The 83rd Annual Academy Awards air on Sunday, February 27th to see if I'm right.

And now for the upsets.
In the Best Actor category, many people expected Ryan Gosling to get nominated for his role in Blue Valentine but his on-screen wife alone gets the nod. In The Fighter Christian Bale got nominated for playing Micky's brother, Amy Adam's got nominated for playing Micky's girlfriend and Melissa Leo got nominated for portraying Micky's mother but Micky himself, Mark Walhberg, got no love from the Academy.

Julianne Moore did not receive a nomination in the Best Actress category for her lesbian momma role in The Kids Are Alright.

Mila Kunis proved that, unlike for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, it takes more than being dirty with Natalie Portman in Black Swan to be a Best Supporting Actress nominee, according to the Academy.

Probably the biggest upset was in the Best Director category with Christopher Nolan for Inception. Really? Did they watch the movie? This is actually the second rather large snub Nolan has gotten at the Oscars for Best Director; the first was for The Dark Knight.

And there you have it, in case you didn't already know most of what I just wrote.

I'm off to work on my Oscar goal: to watch each of the movies nominated for Best Picture. I'm halfway through The Kids Are Alright right now, The Social Network is up for tomorrow night and I've already seen Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception & Toy Story 3. Only 4 more to go!

Feel free to comment and contradict me, I'd love to hear it.


  1. True Grit and Winter's Bone are two movies I'm rooting for, along with The Fighter. I tend to play favorites and go with which movie disturbed or moved me the most.

    The little girl in True Grit was AMAZING!

  2. How in the world did you find time to not only watch these movies but to pay attention enough to know who was in them! Crazy kids these days...

  3. Bekah, I used to route for movies I really like (and I still do) but for predictions, I tend to try and think like a hollywood critic.

    Heather, Toy Story 3 I saw with reed, Inception came out this summer and I've seen half of the movies on DVD and half in theaters.


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