Oscar 2011 nominations are announced

All eyes are on The King’s Speech

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The nominations for this year’s Oscars have officially been unveiled by Academy President Tom Sherak and last year's supporting actress winner Mo’Nique.

In a strong year for cinema, the big nominees are essentially the ones we all expected, with The King’s Speech, The Social Network, True Grit and The Kids Are All Right all receiving nominations across numerous categories.

The King’s Speech earned itself 12 nominations, ahead of True Grit's 10, The Social Network's 8 and The Fighter's 7 – including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Support Actor (Geoffrey Rush) and Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter) and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler).

Meanwhile, Darren Aronofsky should be having a good day, considering he’s just been given his first ever Oscar nomination for Black Swan in the Best Director category.

Aronofsky's film is also up for Best Picture – as is his star, Natalie Portman, for Best Actress.

The Best Director category is probably the coolest of all time - save for Christopher Nolan's omission.

We were also shocked to see Andrew Garfield's brilliant supporting Social Network turn snubbed, and we're still not sure how Ryan Gosling missed out on a Best Actor nod for his stunning Blue Valentine performance.

Still, there is good news. In the animated stakes, Toy story 3 had been nominated for both Best Picture and Best Animated Feature. It's sure to get one of them.

And we're very happy to see one of our cult favourites Dogtooth pop up in the Best Foreign Film category.

The winners will be announced on 27 February.

Here's the full list of nominees so far...

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 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

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
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
David O. Russell – The Fighter
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
David Fincher – The Social Network
The Coens – True Grit

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

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 Original Screenplay
Mike Leigh  - Another Year
David Seidler - The King's Speech
Chris Nolan - Inception
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg– The Kids Are All Right
Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson – The Fighter

Best Adapted Screenplay
Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy - 127 hours
Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network
Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich – Toy Story 3
The Coens - True Grit
Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini - Winter’s Bone

Best Foreign Film
In A Better World
Outside The Law

Best Animated Feature
How To Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

What are your thoughts on this year's nominations? Have the Academy missed any? Talk to us below...


    • roso614

      Jan 25th 2011, 14:39

      zero surprises

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    • AllStarAlun

      Jan 25th 2011, 15:13

      Really hardcore battle in the Best Director category though the lack of Nolan's presence is unforgivable.

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    • joker16

      Jan 25th 2011, 15:32

      I'm seriously considering not watching this year after the earth-shattering omission of Christopher Nolan for Best Director. Inception was head and shoulders above every other movie in 2010. Nolan does not have a shot a Original Screenplay, as The King's Speech will steal that right out from under him. Inception was also robbed of a nomination for Best Editing!!!! And I'm so sick and tried of this endless praise for True Grit. After a hot-streak of brilliant films, the Coen's really bombed with Grit. It's light-hearted and sentimental, which, I guess, speaks to the masses. Notable Snub's: Leo DiCaprio Ryan Gosling Edgar Ramirez Shutter Island for pretty much everything Danny Boyle for Best Director Animal Kingdom for both Best Picture & Supporting Actor

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    • blackrainpr

      Jan 25th 2011, 15:51

      the town and Fair Game should have been Nom for best pic, and ben affleck with the best direcetor and adapted... leo surprise he didn't get the nom for best actor on inception and shutter island; and i can't believe despicable me did't get the nom for best animated film that's straight bull s***t :@

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    • DonisFun

      Jan 25th 2011, 16:04

      A bit disappointed that Animal Kingdom didn't get nominated for much, I thought it was the best film of last year by far, seems like the Coen brother are well and truly Hollywood favourites, they could pump out a below average film and get nominated.....hold on they did. Anyway 2010 was a s**t year for film.

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 25th 2011, 16:52

      Frankly I have lost all faith in the Oscar's, it seems each year they deliberately try to p**s me off. I'll never forgive them for snubbing Mickey Rourke so they could pander to the left wing.

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    • StuartLightyear

      Jan 25th 2011, 18:12

      No surprises? There are definetley surprises! Winter's Bone doing so well is a surprise I would say, although that isn't saying I didn't like it. Also, ignoring Nolan AGAIN, The Dark Knight and Inception are two of the best films of recent years and he didn't get nominated for either! Di Caprio should be in there for male lead (Shutter Island or Inception) aand wouldn't have expected Dogtooth in foreign film..

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    • mrblonde

      Jan 25th 2011, 19:12

      Personally, I think there's some great films up for nominations this year. It is a shame that Christopher Nolan and Danny Boyle got snubbed in the Best Director's category but even with their inclusion I would still be rooting for Darren Aronovsky to win as I Absolutely love Black Swan and think he did a phenomenal job on it with a fraction of the budget some of the other directors in the category had to work with. Even though Inception was my favourite film of the past year, Black Swan is a close second for me and I wouldn't mind seeing it clean house at this years Oscars. Other notable snubs in my opinion are Leonardo DiCaprio and Nic Cage who both had an exceptional year and I felt should have been nominated for Shutter Island and Bad Lieutenant respectively. Other people/films I'll be rooting for on the night are Portman, Franco, Steinfeld, Bale, Nolan, Sorkin, Deakins, Zimmer, Dogtooth and Toy Story 3.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 25th 2011, 20:13

      Will it makes sense for Toy Story to win Best Picture but not Best Animated Feature? Confusing.

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    • StuartLightyear

      Jan 25th 2011, 22:39

      No.. if it gets best picture it would get best animated feature as well of course!

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 27th 2011, 2:29

      Naomi Rapace should have been nominated for best actress.

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    • dustbrother

      Jan 30th 2011, 19:17

      Come on Jeremy Renner! ha ha! he won't win its an action/drama and as much that I would like him to win it ain't gonna happen! He's just there to make up the numbers. Now he played an Alcoholic' or was dying from an incurable disease he would have it the bag!

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