Oscar 2011 Nominations & Predictions

So it has finally happened. The nominations for the 2011 Academy Awards have been announced this morning.  And we will see who amongst these contenders will walk away with an Oscar at the telecast on February 27, 2011. For now, it’s off to the races – with lots of glitz and glamour on the way.

Below you will find a full list of nominees along with my notes and predictions (they might change!).

2011 Oscar Nominees

Best Picture

The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Black Swan
127 Hours
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
Winter’s Bone

PREDICTIONS: There is only one surprise amidst the nominees: “Toy Story 3″. It is a very welcome one. I have only recently mentioned that the film deserved a nod in this category, but never really expected the movie G-ds to answer my call. As far as who will win, I’m quite certain it will be The Social Network, even though personally I would have much rather see Black Swan” or “The King’s Speech” take home the naked golden man so-dubbed, Oscar.

Best Director

Tom Hooper, ‘The King’s Speech’
David Fincher, ‘The Social Network’
Joel and Ethan Coen, ‘True Grit’
Darren Aronofsky, ‘Black Swan’
David O. Russell, ‘The Fighter’

PREDICTIONS: While I would like to see the unique and innovative Darren Aronofsky win in this category, I expect that the winner will be David Fincher for “The Social Network”.

Best Actor

Colin Firth, ‘The King’s Speech’
Jesse Eisenberg, ‘The Social Network’
Javier Bardem, ‘Biutiful’
Jeff Bridges, ‘True Grit’
James Franco, ’127 Hours’

PREDICTIONS: Deservingly, Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”.

Best Actress

Annette Bening, ‘The Kids Are All Right’
Nicole Kidman, ‘Rabbit Hole’
Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Winter’s Bone’
Natalie Portman, ‘Black Swan’
Michelle Williams, ‘Blue Valentine’

PREDICTIONS: She’s having the best year of her life and she will also take home Oscar. She’s Natalie Portman, of course, for her terrific performance in “Black Swan”, where she puts it all on the line. Besides, everyone loves her.

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, ‘The Fighter’
John Hawkes, ‘Winter’s Bone’
Jeremy Renner, ‘The Town’
Mark Ruffalo, ‘The Kids Are All Right’
Geoffrey Rush, ‘The King’s Speech’

PREDICTIONS: I would love to see Geoffrey Rush win for “The King’s Speech”, but odds are that Christian Bale will win for “The Fighter”. I think this one might be too close to call. My brain says Christian Bale, my gut says Geoffrey Rush. I will side with my brain on this one.

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’

PREDICTIONS: Melissa Leo for “The Fighter” is the only realistic contender and she’s already got a Golden Globe in the bag.

Best Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon
Illusionist
Toy Story 3

PREDICTIONS: The bittersweet Toy Story 3, of course.

Best Foreign Film

Mexico – ‘Biutiful’
Greece – ‘Dogtooth’
Denmark – ‘In a Better World’
Canada – ‘Incendies’
Algeria – ‘Outside the law’

PREDICTIONS: As a Canadian, I will be rooting for “Incendies” but it’s going to be up against Denmark’s “In a Better World”. Oddly enough, this year I’ve been fortunate enough to see both. This one might be too close to call at this point, but I’ll pick Incendies out of patriotic duty.

Best Original Screenplay

Another Year
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech

PREDICTIONS: I am rather disappointed to see “Black Swan” snubbed in this category. And it’s ironic that “Another Year” has received a nomination given that the script is largely based on actor improvisations. Ultimately, I think it will be between Another Year and The King’s Speech, though I’ll go on a limb and predict the latter to win.  Although The Kids Are Alright might sneak in there.

Best Adapted Screenplay

127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

PREDICTIONS:  I have a feeling that the Academy will want to give it to “The Social Network”, although “Toy Story 3″ is the stronger script.

Best Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit

PREDICTIONS:  Inception, of course.

Best Costume Design

Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King’s Speech
The Tempest
True Grit

PREDICTIONS: The Tempest has crazy costumes, as does Alice in Wonderland. Hard to call. I’ll go with Tim Burton’s theatricality over Julie Taymor’s. Alice wins. Though I’m not too certain about this category.

Best Original Song

‘Coming Home’ – ‘Country Strong’
‘I See the Light’ – ‘Tangled’
‘If I Rise’ – ’127 Hours’
‘We Belong Together’ – ‘Toy Story 3′

PREDICTIONS: I have just listened to all the songs so that I can make an informed decision, but I vote “We Belong Together” because it’s in Toy Story 3 and Randy Newman is awesome.  But actually, I think it will be “I See The Light” from Tangled. “If I Rise” is a unique addition. And the country song isn’t all that bad.

Best Original 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

PREDICTIONS: Based on the Golden Globes win, I predict The Social Network to take it. Hans Zimmer’s score for Inception was really strong too, but he’s always good.

Best Documentary

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Gasland
Inside Job
Restrepo
Waste Land

PREDICTIONS: I haven’t seen it, but Exit Through the Gift Shop.

Best Sound Editing

Inception
Toy Story 3
TRON: Legacy
True Grit
Unstoppable

PREDICTIONS: Probably Inception. It really takes you on a journey. Could be Tron.

Best Sound Mixing

Inception
The King’s Speech
Salt
The Social Network
True Grit

PREDICTIONS: Inception, which deserves more than just the technical categories.

Best Film Editing

Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kings Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network

PREDICTIONS: Either 127 Hours or The Social Network. I’ll come back to this one.

Best Visual Effects

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2

PREDICTIONS: Definitely Inception.

Best Makeup

Barney’s Version
The Way Back
The Wolfman

PREDICTIONS: I have no idea given that I’ve only seen Barney’s Version and really cannot recall the makeup being all that apparent. Such odd nominations. I will have to research and update.

Best Visual Short Film (Animated)

Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let’s Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)

PREDICTIONS: I haven’t seen the others, but I absolutely LOVED Day & Night. A beautiful animated film from Pixar.

Best Short Film (Live Action)

The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143

PREDICTIONS: Need to research.

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Comes Up
The Warriors of Qiugang

PREDICTIONS: Need to research.

So these are my predictions for now. I did not want to blindly call out some of the categories so I will have to do some research. I wish the shorts were more widely available.  If you’ve seen any of them, let me know your thoughts!

How did I do on the predictions? Who do you think should win? Who do you think WILL win? Leave a message.

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  2. Margaret says:

    Foreign Films are definitely where my interests lie. I think Incendies was definitely a good film, but I’m rooting for Biutiful.
    Last year, I think that South Africa’s White Wedding ought to have received a nomination, but it got shortlisted. A romantic comedy, yes, but the film had a lot more to it than just the main genre it fit into; the soundtrack was fun and complemented the scenes well, as well as the fundamental social issues addressed in modernized and traditional South Africa. Highly recommended, even if it didn’t receive a nomination. http://whiteweddingmovie.com/

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  3. Rachel Zytkoskee says:

    You’re right. Those are weird nominations for best makeup. People are saying, “The Wolfman” because it was the work of six-time winner, Ricky Baker. And I saw something about “Sun Comes Up” for Best Documentary (Short Subject). Maybe that helps. Thanks for sharing your picks!

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