And the Nominees Should Have Been…

The 2011 Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and as is typically the case, there are some hits and some misses. By and large I think the Academy got it pretty right, with a few good surprises (Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom) and some bad (no Andrew Garfield supporting actor nom?). If I were to have a say in the nominations, they would have gone something like this:

Best Picture: The Social Network, The King’s Speech, Blue Valentine, Fish Tank, Never Let Me Go, Animal Kingdom, Somewhere, 127 Hours, True Grit, Another Year.

Best Foreign Language Film: I Am Love, Mother, Everyone Else, A Prophet, Letters to Father Jacob.

Best Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop, Restrepo, Sweetgrass, Waiting for Superman, Catfish.

Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network, Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech, Derek Cianfrance, Blue Valentine, Mike Leigh, Another Year, Andrea Arnold, Fish Tank.

Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech; Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine; Jessie Eisenberg, The Social Network; James Franco, 127 Hours; Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island.

Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan; Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole; Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine; Lesley Manville, Another Year; Tilda Swinton, I Am Love.

Best Supporting Actor: Andrew Garfield, The Social Network; Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech; Christian Bale, The Fighter; Jim Broadbent, Another Year; Michael Fassbender, Fish Tank.

Best Supporting Actress: Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech; Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit; Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom; Carey Mulligan, Never Let Me Go; Dianne Wiest, Rabbit Hole.

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10 responses to “And the Nominees Should Have Been…

  1. No love for Winter’s Bone? Really?

    • I appreciated the performances in Winter’s Bone but didn’t think the film was wholly successful. Definitely better than most, just not as good as some of the others I saw this year.

  2. I know Hailee Steinfeld is in the “supporting actress” category just so she has a chance, but it really bugs me that she’s there. She plays the main character, fer cryin’ out loud!

    No Best Picture or Best Director for “Black Swan”?

  3. Kevin I totally agree with the Hailee Steinfield comment. The best actor catagory seems to always be the adults only award and the supporting the ubiqutous kid award.

    If Brett intentionally left “Winter’s Bone” out (well except that John Hawks definitely deserves the nom) I’m in agreement. I thought it was the years most overrated film. There I said it.

  4. How about Of Gods and Men for Best Foreign Language Film? If you haven’t seen it, you absolutely, absolutely must.

  5. I thought Andrew Garfield should have been nominated. I thought his performance was the best one in The Social Network. I was also very disappointed they left out Barbara Hersey for best supporting actress in Black Swan. The Oscars usually get things wrong.

  6. I don’t understand how Inception wasn’t nominated for best editing. Four simultaneous stories, each influenced by the one above it, but proceeding at different rates of time.. and it’s not even nominated? The King’s Speech and The Fighter better have some fucking phenomenal cutting.

    • Even more so, “Scott Pilgrim” should have gotten a nom for editing. It wasn’t a great movie, but I have a hard time believing that anything in “The King’s Speech” (which, full disclosure, I haven’t had a chance to see yet) is as exciting or interesting as the editing pyrotechnics from “Scott Pilgrim.”

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