The King’s Speech Lands a Dozen Nominations
Mo’Nique Miffed by Snub of Halle Berry
The Oscar nominations were announced early Tuesday morning at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills by last year’s Best Supporting Actress-winner Mo’Nique (for Precious) along with Academy President Tom Sherak.
The King’s Speech, the inspirational bio-pic about King George VI’s struggle to cure his stutter, has emerged as the early favorite in the annual awards sweepstakes, landing nominations in a dozen categories, including Best Picture, Actor (Colin Firth), Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Director (Tom Hooper) and Original Screenplay (David Seidler).
This development should come as no surprise to anyone who recalls how fond the Anglophilic Academy has been of British costume dramas over the years, especially productions revolving around the Royal Family. For example, in 2007 Helen Mirren won for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, while Dame Judi Dench won in 1999 for playing Queen Elizabeth I. Judging by such a persistent exhibition of deference, one might think that America had never declared its independence from England.
In any case, The Coen Brothers’ True Grit (10) garnered the second most Oscar nominations, followed by The Social Network (8) and Inception (8), and The Fighter (7). As for surprises, Javier Bardem (Biutiful) ostensibly bumped out Ryan Gosling and Robert Duvall in the Best Actor category, a pair who had benefitted from buzz for their work in Blue Valentine and Get Low, respectively. Also snubbed was Paul Giamatti who just won a Golden Globe for Barney’s Version.
As for Best Actress, Halle Berry had been rumored to be in line for a nod for Frankie and Alice, and that conspicuous omission prompted Mo’Nique to remark right after coming offstage that she was, “truly disappointed” because she had “really wanted to say Halle Berry’s name.” She went on to say she had been blown away by Berry, before saluting her for, “a great performance, sister.”
Julianne Moore was ignored in the Supporting Actress category although her co-stars Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo were recognized for The Kids Are All Right. And Christopher Nolan (Inception) was overlooked for Best Director, despite the fact that the movie was nominated for Best Picture.
Finally, the much-ballyhooed Waiting for Superman was left out of the Best Documentary category, perhaps because of a backlash against the public school education expose’s fervent anti-union stance. The 83rd Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 27th at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT, and will be co-hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway.
COMPLETE LIST OF ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEES
Actor in a Leading Role Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” James Franco in “127 Hours”
Actor in a Supporting Role Christian Bale in “The Fighter” John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone” Jeremy Renner in “The Town” Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right” Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”
Actress in a Leading Role Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right” Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole” Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone” Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”
Actress in a Supporting Role Amy Adams in “The Fighter” Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech” Melissa Leo in “The Fighter” Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit” Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”
Animated Feature Film “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich
Art Direction “Alice in Wonderland”
Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan “Inception”
Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat “The King’s Speech”
Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr “True Grit”
Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh Cinematography “Black Swan” Matthew Libatique “Inception” Wally Pfister “The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen “The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth “True Grit” Roger Deakins
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
Directing “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky “The Fighter” David O. Russell “The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper “The Social Network” David Fincher “True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Documentary (Feature) “Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz “Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs “Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger “Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley
Documentary (Short Subject) “Killing in the Name” Nominees to be determined “Poster Girl” Nominees to be determined “Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon “Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger “The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
Film Editing “Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum “The Fighter” Pamela Martin “The King’s Speech” Tariq Anwar “127 Hours” Jon Harris “The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
Foreign Language Film “Biutiful” Mexico “Dogtooth” Greece “In a Better World” Denmark “Incendies” Canada “Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria
Makeup “Barney’s Version” Adrien Morot “The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng “The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
Music (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
Music (Original 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 Picture “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin,Producers “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Cean Chaffin, Producers “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers
Short Film (Animated) “Day & Night” Teddy Newton “The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang “Let’s Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe “The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann “Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois
Short Film (Live Action) “The Confession” Tanel Toom “The Crush” Michael Creagh “God of Love” Luke Matheny “Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt “Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite
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
Sound Mixing “Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick “The King’s Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley “Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin “The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten “True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
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
Writing (Adapted Screenplay) “127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin “Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich “True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen “Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
Writing (Original Screenplay) “Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh “The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson “Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan “The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg “The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler