Film News: ‘The King’s Speech’ Leads 2011 Oscar Nominations

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CHICAGO – The nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning, Jan. 25, 2011 and “Inception,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” “True Grit,” “The Fighter,” and “Black Swan” led the way with a majority of the nominations. Most of the nominations came down as expected but there were a few surprises, including snubs for Christopher Nolan and Andrew Garfield.

“The King’s Speech” led the way with twelve nominations, adding fuel to the growing fire that the film could conceivably tackle the presumptive winner on Oscar night, “The Social Network.” “True Grit” came in second place with ten nominations. Other major nominees missed out on major categories that many had predicted them in with “Inception” getting snubbed from Best Director, “Black Swan” missing out on Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, and “The Social Network” getting snubbed from Best Supporting Actor.

First-time nominees include Jesse Eisenberg, James Franco, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, John Hawkes, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, and Jacki Weaver while Jeff Bridges notched his sixth nomination and Annette Bening and Geoffrey Rush can now both claim four.

As for surprises, our predictions missed no more than one nominee in any single major category (although if we had gone with Steinfeld in supporting, those categories would have been 5 for 5), but nailed only Best Adapted Screenplay 5 for 5. As far as overall success, we nailed 80 nominations, missing 26. Not too shabby. The biggest surprises had to be Javier Bardem getting nominated for “Biutiful” and it was a bit unusual to see Michelle Williams get nominated for “Blue Valentine,” but not her partner in the film, Ryan Gosling. Stay tuned to HollywoodChicago.com for nominee reaction and commentary, including The 10 Biggest Snubs of the Year later today.

James Franco (left) and Anne Hathaway (right) will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards, Oscars telecast. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live as “The 83rd Annual Academy Awards” on the ABC Television Network.

James Franco, Anne Hathaway
James Franco, Anne Hathaway
Photo credit: ABC

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