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Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 25 January 2011 13:48

The King's Speech has got itself 12 nominations in this year's Oscars, including Best Director, Best Actor and, inevitably, Best Film. It leads the pack in a predictable list of contenders that range from The Fighter (hello Christian Bale) and 127 Hours - both on 6 nods each - to Inception and The Social Network - 8 nods apiece. True Grit is in second place with 10 nominations.

The most pleasant surprises are from the indie side of things: Mark Ruffalo has got himself a nod for The Kids Are All Right (the film's up for four awards in total), Hailee Steinfeld is up for Best Supporting Actress (not Best Actress for some reason), Another Year's up for Original Screenplay and best of all? Winter's Bone is in the running for four different Oscars. FOUR. That includes Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor (an unexpected but very deserving John Hawkes) and Best Film.

Of course, everything's nominated for Best Film this year, what with the list being 10 million titles long. 127 Hours and Inception are both in there, of course, making up for the lack of Boyle and Nolan in the Best Director race. It's the opposite way round for Black Swan, with Darren Aronofsky up for Best Director but not earning a Best Film nom. Shame.

It's also sad that Andrew Garfield is nowhere to be seen, but The Social Network is still, in theory, the one to beat for Best Picture - even if The King's Speech has the momentum now with the most nominations. But even with Nolan's lack of Director credit and Blue Valentine's Ryan Gosling overlooked for Best Actor, we can all take comfort from the fact that we'll be hearing a nice fat clip from The Social Network score at some point during the awards ceremony.

And if that isn't cheering enough for you, cling to this: The Illusionist got its foot in the Best Animated Film door. Yay! Now we can watch Lee Unkrich trample all over Sylvain Chomet live on Sky TV!

The Oscars will happen in the horribly early hours of the morning on Sunday 27th February. James Franco and Anne Hathaway will be there. I will be too. Mainly because I want to win cupcakes.

For a full list of nominations, read on. For more on winning cupcakes, check out THE OSCAR NOMNOMNOM CHALLENGE.



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


Best Director 

David O. Russell – The Fighter 

Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech 

David Fincher – The Social Network 

Joel And Ethan Coen – True Grit

Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan


Best Actress

Natalie Portman  – Black Swan

Annette Bening  – The Kids Are All Right

Jennifer Lawrence  – Winter's Bone

Michelle Williams  – Blue Valentine

Nicole Kidman  – Rabbit Hole


Best Actor

Javier Bardem – Biutiful

Jeff Bridges – True Grit

Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network

Colin Firth – The King's Speech

James Franco – 127 Hours


Best Supporting Actress 

Amy Adams – The Fighter 

Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech 

Melissa Leo – The Fighter 

Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit 

Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom


Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale  – The Fighter

John Hawkes  – Winter's Bone

Jeremy Renner  – The Town

Geoffrey Rush  – The King's Speech

Mark Ruffalo  – The Kids Are All Right


Best Original Screenplay 

Another Year - Mike Leigh

The Fighter - Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington 

Inception - Christopher Nolan

The Kids Are All Right - Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

The King's Speech - David Seidler


Best Adapted Screenplay 

127 Hours -  Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy

The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin

Toy Story 3 - Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich

True Grit - Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Winter's Bone - Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini


Best Animated Film

Toy Story 3

The Illusionist

How To Train Your Dragon


Best Foreign Film

Biutiful (Mexico)

Dog Tooth (Greece)

In A Better World (Denmark)

Incendies (Canada)

Outside the Law (Algeria)


Best Score 

How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell

Inception – Hans Zimmer

The King's Speech – Alexandre Desplat

127 Hours – A.R. Rahman

The Social Network – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross


Best Song 

Coming Home from Country Strong – Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

I See the Light from Tangled – Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater

If I Rise from 127 Hours – Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 – Music and Lyric by Randy Newman


Best Cinematography 

Black Swan – Matthew Libatique

Inception – Wally Pfister

The King's Speech – Danny Cohen

The Social Network – Jeff Cronenweth

True Grit – Roger Deakins


Best Costume Design 

Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood

I Am Love – Antonella Cannarozzi 

The King's Speech – Jenny Beavan 

The Tempest – Sandy Powell 

True Grit – Mary Zophres


Best Art Direction 

Alice in Wonderland – Robert Stromberg, Karen O'Hara

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan 

Inception – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias and Doug Mowat 

The King's Speech – Eve Stewart , Judy Farr 

True Grit – Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh


Best Visual Effects 

Alice in Wonderland –Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian 

Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

Hereafter – Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell

Inception – Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

Iron Man 2 – Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick


Best Sound Editing

Inception – Richard King

Toy Story 3 – Tom Myers and Michael Silvers

Tron: Legacy – Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

True Grit – Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey

Unstoppable – Mark P. Stoeckinger


Best Sound Mixing 


The King's Speech 


The Social Network 

True Grit


Best Documentary Feature 

Exit through the Gift Shop


Inside Job


Waste Land


Best Live Action Short Film

The Confession

The Crush

God Of Love

Na Wewe

Wish 143


Best Animated Short Film

Day & Night

The Gruffalo

Let's Pollute

The Lost Thing



Best Documentary Short Subject

Killing In The Name

Poster Girl


Sun Comes Up

The Warriors Of Qiugang


Best Editing 

Black Swan

The Fighter 

The King's Speech 

127 Hours

The Social Network


Best Make-up 

Barney's Version 

The Way Back 

The Wolfman