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And the Nominees Are...Reacting to the Oscars.

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Below you'll find some reactions to the recently release Academy Award nominations. Predictions will be posted the week of the Oscars.

Haven't seen that many nominated films? No worries. Many of the films have been rereleased and many of them are still playing in the area. Some of the films, are also available on Netfilx, Blockbuster, and at some Redboxes. Also starting the weekend of February 19th AMC theaters will be holding a Best Picture Showcase and playing the nominated films. Passes are available.

Actor in a Leading Role

There doesn’t seem to be any surprises in this category. All of these performers have proved they are talented. It is mildly disappointing to not see Ben Afleck in this category, because he was really great in The Town, but it seems that film wasn’t as well received as it deserved to be.

  • Javier Bardemin “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridgesin “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenbergin “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Since it seems no one has seen Winter’s Bone, it is difficult to tell if John Hawkes performance is worthy of a Nomination, and it is a bit surprising to see Mark Ruffalo being nominated, especially with Matt Damon’s performance in True Grit, and Andrew Garfield’s performance in the Social Network. Both truly delivered quality performances.

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkesin “Winter's Bone”
  • Jeremy Rennerin “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffaloin “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role

The surprise here is Rebecca Hall’s performance in The Town not being nominated. It is also a bit surprising to not see Jullianne Moore not nominated for her equal performance in The Kids Are All Right.

  • Annette Beningin “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrencein “Winter's Bone”
  • Natalie Portmanin “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role

There is only one surprise here, and it is Jacki Weaver’s nomination, which many thought would go to Mila Kunis who had a great performance in Black Swan.”

  • Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
  • Melissa Leoin “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film

There were a lot of animated movies this season and it’s always surprising that this category only has three nominations in it, when the Best Feature film has ten.

  • “How to Train Your Dragon”Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • “The Illusionist”Sylvain Chomet
  • “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Directing

This category is a tough one, but there are no surprises here, especially since all of these films are in the Best Film of the Year category. Still, The Town, Ben Afleck’s directorial debut could probably have taken the place of any of these films.

  • “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

Foreign Language Film

The two films that seemed to have gotten the most press in the US were, Biutful and Dogtooth, so it will be interesting to see who wins this category. Biutful is still playing in theatres in the Charlotte area, and Dogtooth is available on Netflix.

  • “Biutiful”Mexico
  • “Dogtooth”Greece
  • “In a Better World”Denmark
  • “Incendies”Canada
  • “Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)”Algeria

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

None of these films are really surprising. It is also refreshing to see a film like Toy Story 3 in the category, but it is wonder if the Academy is making up for not nominating Up! last year.

  • “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)

It may seem repetitive but, where the heck is Ben Afleck’s nomination? This category is the perfect example of how easy it would be to have more than 5 nominees in this category the way there are 10 in Best Film.

  • “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

Best Picture

Last year we saw the Oscars change the number of best films from 5 to 10 and they’ve decided to do the same this year. It seems a bit ridiculous to have 10 nominated films, because one can argue that there are 10 actors worthy of being nominated for best actor, and 10 actresses and foregin films, and 10 directors. If the academy wants to promote all these films because they have something great to offer then the Oscars need to add categories like humor, historical, drama and so on. Piling up 10 films into one category is absurd, especially The Kids Are All Right and Inception.

  • “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 Ceán 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

So what do you all think? Are there any movies, you would have liked to see nominated? Any movies that you hated but were nominated? Let's talk about it!

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