The 83rd Academy Awards – Official Nominees Announced

Last week the nominees for the 64th Annual BAFTAs were released and now we have the nominees for the Academy Awards and the Oscars. I do adore this time of year because awards season is always so much fun isnt’ it? The hype, the anxiety, the snubs, the winners, the losers, the long shot etc. Then there’s the hosts, musical numbers and overall production; it really is the Super Bowl of Motion Pictures Awards (take that Golden Globes). There’s something for everyone, so what’s not to love?:P

This year James Franco, up for Best Actor for 127 Hours, is set to co-host the awards show with Anne Hathaway. The 83rd Academy Awards will take place at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on February 27th. Personally speaking, I feel better about this year’s Oscar because I’ve seen nearly everything that’s been nominated. So that said here are the more notable nominees (photos courtesy of : Fandango)

Quite a line up and some very deserving candidates who all really deserve their shot at “Oscar Gold”. For the complete list (including the more technical award nominees) click here. What are your picks?? Place your bets now!!

Here’s hoping the Big Night will be something magical. As far as I’m concerned, last year was one of the very best in recent years so we’ll see what happens in just over a month. At the very least I hope there are some fun photo ops that yield great lasting memories like this one below. Fingers crossed right?

(Disclaimer: I didn’t take this picture but sure wish I did…also not confirmed this was taken at the Oscars either:P)


  • CMrok93

    I’m not all that disappointed with the Oscars this year, except no love for Christopher Nolan, or The Town for that matter. However, it doesn’t matter all that much really since The Social Network is practically going to win everything it’s nominated for. Which kind of blows, but hey it really was an amazing piece of work. Can’t wait for the show!

    • MarcC

      Yeah it’s a pretty fair assessment of what this year had to offer. Network was pretty dope, amazing, fun, whatever you superlative you want to use; they all apply.

      But I am shocked about Nolan too. Further I’m shocked that Daft Punk was overlooked for score. To be fair it was rather similar to Inception’s so you could cite either redundancy in style. Nice to see John Powell nominated for sure. Although while Network’s music is really great, if it does win, did you ever think you’d hear Trent Reznor and Oscar in the same sentence?:P

  • rtm

    Ha..ha.. I just saw the same comment from cMrok93 at some other blog. I don’t think Social Network is going to sweep it all, it’s probably gonna be spread out evenly between that and King’s Speech. I wish Andrew Garfield had been nominated over Renner, ugh, I don’t know what’s the fuss is about his performances?? I’m disappointed about Nolan too, as I doubt Inception would take home Best Picture honor.

  • Ross McG

    i liked The Town but im not too angry about it not being in contention. agree with Ruth about Garfield. in many ways his is the harder role in SN. hes the person who grounds the movie for us. he should have got nominated for ‘lawyer up’ alone. Renner is good in the town, but not mindblowingly good, which kind of sums up the film as a whole.

    • MarcC

      Well put Ross. Your Garfield assessment is spot on. Also I agree with your comment on The Town; Renner was really the only thing that appealed to me in the slightest.

  • Klaus

    Having only seen one of the nominated films, I’m definitely going to have to start watching the nominees if this year’s awards are to mean anything to me. I’m glad to have gotten Inception out of the way…i’m trusting that it can only get better from here on in.

    • MarcC

      Yes this year certainly appreciates the really great ones of 2010. There really aren’t any losers in the bunch so you should really enjoy playing catch up. I’d put my money on Black Swan and 127 Hours. I really liked The King’s Speech but feel that it’s a “safe” Oscar bet. It didn’t have the impact that Black Swan did and if Speech wins (or Network, True Grit and Kids for that matter) it may end up like Crash…one that isn’t really remembered as the years go by. But that’s just my thoughts:P

  • Andrew

    There are a lot of theories going around about Nolan’s snubbing. Frankly, I just think the Academy doesn’t really “get” the movies that Nolan makes, but then again if that were the case, Inception may not have gotten any major nominations at all.

    But it’s possible that for all of Inception‘s notoriety, the film came out far too early in the year to keep Nolan’s name fresh in the minds of Academy voters over, say, Fincher or O’Russell. And of course there’s always the chance that they all just thought that the other directors in the category edged out Nolan by a hair, but I’m less inclined to buy that because fucking anyone could have directed The Fighter.

    For me the greatest point of interest is the Documentary category, where Exit clearly stands head and shoulders above the other entries but probably won’t win on the grounds of its relative veracity. And also– who would accept that award? Banksy? Yeah right. Guetta? Maybe. Spike Jonez? Now I’m just being conspiratorial. Still, Banksy is nominated for an Oscar, and someone should do something with that.

    I’m seeing a King’s Speech sweep, which might mean Bale losing to Rush. Portman takes her Oscar– because it is hers, no matter who thinks they have claim to it– and Pixar takes home another Best Animated trophy. And I play with my cats instead of watching the Oscars live.

    • MarcC

      Haven’t seen Fighter yet…but it’s not for a lack of trying, just too busy:( Looking forward to it for sure.

      I think Speech is great but it’s a period piece and we’ve seen those before. It’s a safe bet, but that’s why I think Network is getting as much attention. It dares to be different. Still I’d vote for Black Swan or 127 Hours. How can the Oscars laud achievements in film if it’s the same types of films that win?

      • Andrew

        Well, to be fair, The King’s Speech differs greatly from, say, The Hurt Locker or Slumdog Millionaire. That said I would much rather see Black Swan win myself!