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"King's Speech" Leads 83rd Oscar Nominations

A scene from Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech."

"The King's Speech" led the nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards, which were announced this morning. Tom Hooper's film - which stars Colin Firth as a stuttering King George IV - took 12 nominations, including best picture, best director, and acting noms for Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. In terms of nomination counts, "Speech" topped Joel & Ethan Coen's "True Grit," which took 10 nominations, David Fincher's "The Social Network," which took 8, and Christopher Nolan's "Inception," which also took 8.

All four noted films were nominated for best picture, joining Danny Boyle's "127 Hours," Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," David O. Russell's "The Fighter," Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right," Lee Unkrich's "Toy Story 3" and Debra Granik's "Winter's Bone."

While the nominations were generally pretty predictable, there were definitely a few surprises. Most notably, there was the snubs of Christopher Nolan for best director, Robert Duvall and Ryan Gosling for best actor, Lesley Manville for best actress, Andrew Garfield for best supporting actor, Mila Kunis for best supporting actress, "Waiting For 'Superman'" for best documentary feature, and the Golden Globe winning "You Haven't Seen The Last of Me" for best original song. "The Town" was also left out of the best picture category despite getting nominated for both the PGAs and Critics Choice Awards.

Surprise (and mostly welcome) inclusions saw Giorgos Lanthimos's "Dogtooth" get a foreign language film nomination, "I Am Love" getting a costume design nomination, "The Illusionist" being nominated for best animated feature, Javier Bardem and John Hawkes getting best actor and supporting actor, and both "Gasland" and "Waste Land" for best documentary. The best documentary category saw 4 of 5 nominees come from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, which is currently in the midst of its 2011 edition. "Winter's Bone," "The Kids Are All Right," "Blue Valentine," and "Animal Kingdom" were other 2010 Sundance films to receive major nominations.

The complete list of nominations is below. For more commentary, check out this "back and forth" commentary. The Oscars will be handed out February 27, 2011 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

Best picture
"Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight), A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
"The Fighter" (Paramount), A Relativity Media Production, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
"Inception" (Warner Bros.), A Warner Bros. UK Services Production, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
"The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features), An Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision and Gilbert Films Production, Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
"The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), A See-Saw Films and Bedlam Production, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
"127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight), An Hours Production, Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), A Columbia Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
"Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney), A Pixar Production, Darla K. Anderson, Producer
"True Grit" (Paramount), A Paramount Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
"Winter’s Bone" (Roadside Attractions), A Winter’s Bone Production, Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Javier Bardem in "Biutiful" (Roadside Attractions)
Jeff Bridges in "True Grit" (Paramount)
Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Colin Firth in "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
James Franco in "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Christian Bale in "The Fighter" (Paramount)
John Hawkes in "Winter’s Bone" (Roadside Attractions)
Jeremy Renner in "The Town" (Warner Bros.)
Mark Ruffalo in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features)
Geoffrey Rush in "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features)
Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole" (Lionsgate)
Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter’s Bone" (Roadside Attractions)
Natalie Portman in "Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight)
Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine" (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in "The Fighter" (Paramount)
Helena Bonham Carter in "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
Melissa Leo in "The Fighter" (Paramount)
Hailee Steinfeld in "True Grit"(Paramount)
Jacki Weaver in "Animal Kingdom" (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best animated feature film of the year
"How to Train Your Dragon" (Paramount), Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
"The Illusionist" (Sony Pictures Classics), Sylvain Chomet
"Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney), Lee Unkrich

Achievement in art direction
"Alice in Wonderland" (Walt Disney), Production Design: Robert Stromberg, Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" (Warner Bros.), Production Design: Stuart Craig, Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
"Inception" (Warner Bros.), Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas, Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
"The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Production Design: Eve Stewart, Set Decoration: Judy Farr
"True Grit" (Paramount), Production Design: Jess Gonchor, Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Achievement in cinematography
"Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight), Matthew Libatique
"Inception" (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister
"The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Danny Cohen
"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), Jeff Cronenweth
"True Grit" (Paramount), Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design
"Alice in Wonderland" (Walt Disney), Colleen Atwood
"I Am Love" (Magnolia Pictures), Antonella Cannarozzi
"The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Jenny Beavan
"The Tempest" (Miramax), Sandy Powell
"True Grit" (Paramount), Mary Zophres

Achievement in directing
"Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight), Darren Aronofsky
"The Fighter" (Paramount), David O. Russell
"The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Tom Hooper
"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), David Fincher
"True Grit" (Paramount), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best documentary feature
"Exit through the Gift Shop" (Producers Distribution Agency), A Paranoid Pictures Production, Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
"Gasland", A Gasland Production, Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
"Inside Job" (Sony Pictures Classics), A Representational Pictures Production, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
"Restrepo" (National Geographic Entertainment), An Outpost Films Production, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
"Waste Land" (Arthouse Films), An Almega Projects Production, Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Best documentary short subject
"Killing in the Name", A Moxie Firecracker Films Production, Nominees to be determined
"Poster Girl", A Portrayal Films Production, Nominees to be determined
"Strangers No More", A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
"Sun Come Up", A Sun Come Up Production, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
"The Warriors of Qiugang", A Thomas Lennon Films Production, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Achievement in film editing
"Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight), Andrew Weisblum
"The Fighter" (Paramount), Pamela Martin
"The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Tariq Anwar
"127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight), Jon Harris
"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Best foreign language film of the year
"Biutiful" (Roadside Attractions), A Menage Atroz, Mod Producciones and Ikiru Films Production, Mexico
"Dogtooth" (Kino International), A Boo Production, Greece
"In a Better World" (Sony Pictures Classics), A Zentropa Production, Denmark
"Incendies" (Sony Pictures Classics), A Micro-Scope Production, Canada
"Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)" (Cohen Media Group), A Tassili Films Production, Algeria

Achievement in makeup
"Barney’s Version" (Sony Pictures Classics), Adrien Morot
"The Way Back" (Newmarket Films in association with Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Image Entertainment), Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
"The Wolfman" (Universal), Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
"How to Train Your Dragon" (Paramount), John Powell
"Inception" (Warner Bros.), Hans Zimmer
"The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Alexandre Desplat
"127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman
"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
"Coming Home" from "Country Strong" (Sony Pictures Releasing (Screen Gems)), Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
"I See the Light" from "Tangled" (Walt Disney), Music by Alan Menken, Lyric by Glenn Slater
"If I Rise" from "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
"We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best animated short film
"Day & Night" (Walt Disney), A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Teddy Newton
"The Gruffalo", A Magic Light Pictures Production, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
"Let’s Pollute", A Geefwee Boedoe Production, Geefwee Boedoe
"The Lost Thing", (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment), A Passion Pictures Australia Production, Ouat Media, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
"Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)", A Sacrebleu Production, Ouat Media, Bastien Dubois

Best live action short film
"The Confession" (National Film and Television School), A National Film and Television School Production, Tanel Toom
"The Crush" (Network Ireland Television), A Purdy Pictures Production, Michael Creagh
"God of Love", A Luke Matheny Production, Luke Matheny
"Na Wewe" (Premium Films), A CUT! Production, Ivan Goldschmidt
"Wish 143", A Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures Production, Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Achievement in sound editing
"Inception" (Warner Bros.), Richard King
"Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney), Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
"Tron: Legacy" (Walt Disney), Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
"True Grit" (Paramount), Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
"Unstoppable" (20th Century Fox), Mark P. Stoeckinger

Achievement in sound mixing
"Inception" (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
"The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
"Salt" (Sony Pictures Releasing), Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
"True Grit" (Paramount), Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Achievement in visual effects
"Alice in Wonderland" (Walt Disney), Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" (Warner Bros.), Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
"Hereafter" (Warner Bros.), Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
"Inception" (Warner Bros.), Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
"Iron Man 2" (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment, Distributed by Paramount), Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Adapted screenplay
"127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
"Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt, Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
"True Grit" (Paramount), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
"Winter’s Bone" (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Original screenplay
"Another Year" (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh
"The Fighter" (Paramount), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
"Inception" (Warner Bros.), Written by Christopher Nolan
"The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
"The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler

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25 Comments

  • Ron | February 13, 2011 5:06 AMReply

    Do you think that Tangled should have been nominated for best animated feature as suggested by this article http://www.reviewmaze.com/2011/02/academy-award-nominations-2011-oscars.html

  • london crit | January 26, 2011 7:51 AMReply

    http://www.timeout.com/film/features/show-feature/11246/why-the-kings-speech-sucks.html

    Those who agree with this in the UK now know how atheists feel in America!

  • Gautham | January 26, 2011 5:53 AMReply

    The Academy gets worse every year. True Grit - come on. It's a remake anyone can do a remake. It's like copying on test when you were in school, yeah you get the right answers but it means nothing. Again they picked the most Boring Melodramatic Films.

    http://www.infonary.com/oscar-awards

  • Barry | January 26, 2011 2:07 AMReply

    Lots of commentary about Christopher Nolans Inception. Seems you love it or hate it. Either way it was impressive directing of a complicated film and certainly should have received a nod.

    Love that Black Swan and Winters Bine got nods. Both are truly great indie accomplishments. Very tough to pick which is better as they are both great examples in their respective genres.

    Sorry Ryan. You should be at the party. Maybe not a win as there is tough competition but certainly there. Who did you piss off?

  • Joe Levine | January 26, 2011 1:16 AMReply

    The biggest win for all of us is the documentary film GASLAND. This film might be what it takes to stop Halliburton and the gas and petrochemical industry from contaminating the remaining fresh water on the planet. Fox is a genius and has taken great risk to stand against the most powerful industry there is.

  • Kate | January 26, 2011 12:26 AMReply

    I was absolutely delighted to see the stark, brutal and beautiful indie film WINTER'S BONE be recognized with four very deserved Oscar noms. There is hope yet for the movies. I don't think THE KING'S SPEECH deserved its 12, but it was better than I thought -- I was expecting yet another stuffy Edwardian melodrama, but the story was engaging and rather moving. INCEPTION was easily the most over-rated film of the year -- turgid, boring and self-important to the point of being totally obnoxious.

  • Marky | January 25, 2011 7:41 AMReply

    One of the most egregious snubs in Oscar history. Not only was Ryan Gossling's performance in Blue Valentine one of the best of the year, it was one of the best of the last ten years. Personally I thought it was between Ryan and Colin. And let's not even talk about Duval's or Giamatti's snub. So, you put a patch over your eye and you talk like you have a mouth full of shit and somehow that's great acting? I mean I love 'the dude' but I thought Woody did a comparable job in Toy Story 3. My sympathies Ryan.

  • Jordan | January 25, 2011 7:23 AMReply

    Black Swan sucked.

  • Alberto | January 25, 2011 7:17 AMReply

    Delighted for Another Year's nod in the screenplay category, Jacki Weaver, John Hawkes, Michelle Williams, The Illusionist, Jeremy Renner.
    Saddened by Lesley Manville's and Ryan Gosling's snubs.
    For full analysis check out the blog Imitation of Life.
    www.imitationlife.com

  • MDL | January 25, 2011 6:20 AMReply

    I have to hand it to the folks who marketed Dogtooth - because wow [!] that is not a film I would ever expect the Academy to like or appreciate much less nominate.

  • boydster | January 25, 2011 4:54 AMReply

    Bonham Carter is a good actress, but this was a name-recognition choice by the Academy for an ordinary role. Hallie Steinfeld's role was really a leading role, so she should have been in the Best Actress category. The King's Speech is a finely crafted film, but a bit narrowly focused--another conservative choice for the Academy---and 12 nom's? Come on, it wasn't that good. Winter's Bone is good on the Indie level, but not quite good enough for this level, though John Hawkes' nom is welcome. No screenplay award for Black Swan? Waiting For Superman not nominated? Christopher Nolan snubbed? The academy seems conservative and constipated with regards to these nominations.

  • Bill Granik | January 25, 2011 4:48 AMReply

    Bill Granik -- Oh! YES, YES, YES, my darling daughter. Good work! XOXOXO, Dad

  • bob hawk | January 25, 2011 4:16 AMReply

    A big shout out to Jacki Weaver! -- and to a few other dark horses of varying hues: John Hawkes for WINTER'S BONE, DOGTOOTH for foreign film, sound editing for UNSTOPPABLE, the make-up trifecta for THE WAY BACK, and the two BIUTIFUL noms.

    Biggest disappointments: merely single noms for BLUE VALENTINE, ANOTHER YEAR, RABBIT HOLE and I AM LOVE.

  • Lois | January 25, 2011 4:08 AMReply

    The Kings speech should sweep the awards. So much better than the schlock we Americans are filming. To educate the ignorant, the movie is about England about to be thrust into world war II--get out your funk and Wagnalls folks. The king has abdicated for a woman with a scandalous past. It is a beautiful story about overcoming.

    Another thank you to our "teachers" for Dumbing down America. But dont forget to pay your union dues, the union protects you.

    An ex teacher

  • Percy Dovetonsils | January 25, 2011 4:06 AMReply

    You want to talk about injustices and omissions: Tilda Swinton's brave and haunting performance in "I Am Love" (and the general snubbing-except for costume design-of the film itself); Carter Burwell's gorgeous and sweeping score for "True Grit;" Andrew Garfield's remarkable performance as the "conscience" of "Social Network;" and perhaps the most egregious insult: no nomination for Davis Guggenheim's powerful and timely "Waiting for Superman." The mind boggles...

  • bob hawk | January 25, 2011 3:35 AMReply

    Sisco: KING'S SPEECH about nothing??!!

    What about the advent of WWII -- and a reluctant king of (at that time) a huge empire who overcomes a severe impediment-- through unorthodox and confrontational methods administered by a cheeky commoner -- to support and inspire a beleaguered populace, in a movie that has both deep emotion and a good share of laughs?

    And why would you not be watching? It's a real horse race this year. Just because a film has a lot of nominations doesn't mean it's going to win them all. Some heavily nominated films in years past didn't pick up a single Oscar.

  • Slingemaster | January 25, 2011 3:33 AMReply

    Brilliant, entertaining and moving British film about events leading up to the most important global event of the 20th century gets nominated for the most awards. Shocking! Stage a boycott! Oh, and the Academy was smart enough to notice that Inception was an overblown special effects-fest accompanied by incesent expositotry narration (talk about a film about nothing) and not one of the 5 best-made films of the year--although apparently they felt it was one of the 10 best.

  • Sisco | January 25, 2011 2:31 AMReply

    British film about....nothing....wins all the awards? I won't be watching.

  • DINN | January 25, 2011 2:20 AMReply

    ΤΗΕ ΤΟWN!!!SHUTTER ISLAND!!!

  • AmyS | January 25, 2011 2:19 AMReply

    Alexandre Desplat's score for "The Ghost Writer" was miles above his work on "King's Speech", which rode in on the film's coattails.

    But it's nice to see Jacki Weaver, John Hawkes, Mike Leigh's "Another Year" screenplay, and Exit Through the Gift Shop get some recognition.

  • Suhail | January 25, 2011 2:14 AMReply

    @Fxcool: Really I was too shocked on seeing that christpopher nolan was not nominated for direction...

  • RJ | January 25, 2011 2:13 AMReply

    Best sound... Salt?
    I guess it sounded like a good movie. And oscar may get 'em to show up without nom'ing the other movie.

  • fxcool | January 25, 2011 2:09 AMReply

    Oscar has just made the biggest crime in cinema history for not nominate Christopher Nolan in directing category.

  • Josh | January 25, 2011 2:05 AMReply

    correction: NATALIE Portman :)

    Bummer there's no Mila Kunis...and no Waiting for Superman? WTF?!?! :(

  • Javier | January 25, 2011 2:04 AMReply

    Nicole Portman for the best actress in a leading role. Poor Natalie she did her best in Black Swan :D