The Oscar race officially began yesterday morning when the nominations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards were announced in Beverly Hills. Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and last year’s supporting-actress winner, Mo’Nique, announced the nominees in 10 main categories.
Leading the main award pack with twelve nods was British docu-drama “The King’s Speech” directed by Tom Hooper, which was also nominated for best film, best director, best script, best leading actor (Colin Firth), best supporting actor (Geoffrey Rush) and best supporting actress (Helena Bonham Carter).
Coen brothers’ western “True Grit” comes second with ten nominations, including best supporting actress (Hailee Steinfeld), best actor (Jeff Bridges), best adapted screenplay and best director. David Fincher’s “The Social Network” received nods for best film, best director, best screenplay and a best actor nomination. Also up for six awards was David O’Russell’s boxing drama “The Fighter”, which brought Christian Bale his first Oscar nomination for supporting role. Critics’ darling Natalie Portman was nominated for her exceptional ballerina role in Darren Aronofsky’s thriller “Black Swan.” Also, this year’s Oscar presenter James Franco was included among nominees for his wonderful turn in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours.” “Inception” director Christopher Nolan was snubbed in the best director category but he received a nod in the best original screenplay one. The film was also among the ten of the past year’s best films vying for the golden statuette. Other entries include “The Kids Are All Right” and “127 Hours.” The Toy Story animation 3rd instalment was, in a surprise move, nominated both in the best motion picture category and in the best animated movie one, alongside Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist and the Dreamworks children’s favourite “How to Train Your Dragon.”
The 2011 Oscar winners will be revealed Feb. 27 in a prime-time celebration broadcast.