Oscars 2011: 83rd Academy Awards nominations

At 13:30 GMT today, the American Academy released the Oscar nominations for this year’s 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, to be held on 27 February. British films anticipating some recognition prior to the announcement included Tom Hooper’s hotly tipped drama The King’s Speech and Danny Boyle’s superbly tense, adrenaline soaked thriller 127 Hours.

In addition, British actor Colin Firth was widely expected to receive his second ‘Best Actor’ nomination in two years for his performance as the stuttering monarch King George VI in The King’s Speech, after being bested by US slacker icon Jeff Bridges in last year’s contest.

Surprises were ultimately few and far between (excluding perhaps Winter’s Bone’s ‘Best Picture’ nomination), but the final nominee line-up is still one of the strongest in years.

The nominees for each award are as follows:

Best Picture
127 Hours (dir. Danny Boyle)
Black Swan (dir. Darren Aronofsky)
The Fighter (dir. David O. Russell)
Inception (dir. Christopher Nolan)
The Kid’s Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko)
The King’s Speech (dir. Tom Hooper)
The Social Network (dir. David Fincher)
Toy Story 3 (dir. Lee Unkrich)
True Grit (dir. Ethan & Joel Coen)
Winter’s Bone (dir. Debra Granik)

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky
David Fincher
David O. Russell
Joel & Ethan Coen
Tom Hooper

Best Actress
Annette Bening
Jennifer Lawrence
Michelle Williams
Natalie Portman
Nicole Kidman

Best Actor
Colin Firth
James Franco
Javier Bardem
Jeff Bridges
Jess Eisenberg

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams
Hailee Steinfeld
Helena Bonham-Carter
Jacki Weaver
Melissa Leo

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale
Geoffrey Rush
Jeremy Renner
John Hawkes
Mark Ruffalo

Best Foreign Language Film

Biutiful (Mexico)
Dogtooth (Greece)
In a Better World (Denmark)
Incendies (Canada)
Outside the Law (Algeria)

Best Animation
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
The King’s Speech
True Grit

Achievement in Cinematography
Black Swan
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

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

Best Documentary Feature
Exit through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Waste Land

Best Documentary – Short Subject
Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang

Achievement in Film Editing
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Achievement in Makeup
Barney’s Version
The Way Back

The Wolfman

Best Original Score
127 Hours (A.R. Rahman)
How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)
Inception (Hans Zimmer)
The King’s Speech (Alexandre Desplat)
The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)

Best Original Song
Coming Home from Country Song
I See the Light from Tangled
If I Rise from 127 Hours
We Belong Together from Toy Story 3

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

Best Live Action Short Film
The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143

Achievement in Sound Editing
Toy Story 3
Tron: Legacy
True Grit

Achievement in Sound Mixing
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

Achievement in Visual Effects
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Iron Man 2

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

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

What do you make of the nominations? Do you agree? Post your comments below…

Daniel Green