King's Speech, True Grit Lead 83rd Academy Award Nominations

There you have it: Your 83rd Academy Award nominations are on the record, with the season's front-running standard bearers The King's Speech, The Social Network, True Grit, Black Swan and The Fighter leading the way. And as usual, Academy voters also let slip a few key surprises and snubs that we'll no doubt be talking about for the hours and days (if not weeks and months) come. Read on for the Oscar class of 2011 and chime with your hopes, dreams, apprehensions, resentments and whatever else strikes you about this year's nominees.

Best Picture

Black Swan

The Fighter


The Kids Are All Right

The King's Speech

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter's Bone

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, True Grit

David Fincher, The Social Network

David O. Russell, The Fighter

Tom Hooper, The King's Speech

Best Actress

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor

Javier Bardem, Biutiful

Jeff Bridges, True Grit

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Colin Firth, The King's Speech

James Franco, 127 Hours

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech

Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Fighter

John Hawkes, Winter's Bone

Jeremy Renner, The Town

Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Best Adapted Screenplay

Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, True Grit

Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Toy Story 3

Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Winter's Bone

Simon Beaufoy, Danny Boyle, 127 Hours

Best Original Screenplay

Eric Johnson, Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, The Fighter

Mike Leigh, Another Year

Christopher Nolan, Inception

Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right

David Seidler, The King's Speech

Best Foreign-Language Film

Biutiful, Mexico

Dogtooth, Greece

In a Better World, Denmark

Incendies, Canada

Outside the Law, Algeria

Best Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon

The Illusionist

Toy Story 3

Best Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1


The King's Speech

True Grit

Best Cinematography

Matthew Libatique, Black Swan

Wally Pfister, Inception

Danny Cohen, The King's Speech

Jeff Cronenweth, The Social Network

Roger Deakins, True Grit

Best costume design

Alice in Wonderland

I Am Love

The King's Speech

The Tempest

True Grit

Best Documentary Feature

Exit through the Gift Shop


Inside Job


Waste Land

Best documentary short subject

Killing in the Name

Poster Girl

Strangers No More

Sun Come Up

The Warriors of Qiugang

Best film editing

Andrew Weisblum, Black Swan

Pamela Martin, The Fighter

Tariq Anwar, The King's Speech

Jon Harris, 127 Hours

Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter, The Social Network

Best Makeup

Barney's Version

The Way Back

The Wolfman

Best Original Score

John Powell, How to Train Your Dragon

Hans Zimmer, Inception

Alexandre Desplat, The King's Speech

A.R. Rahman, 127 Hours

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network

Best Original Song

Coming Home from Country Strong

I See the Light from Tangled

If I Rise from 127 Hours

We Belong Together from Toy Story 3

Best animated short film

Day & Night

The Gruffalo

Let's Pollute

The Lost Thing

Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)

Best live action short film

The Confession

The Crush

God of Love

Na Wewe

Wish 143

Best sound editing


Toy Story 3

Tron: Legacy

True Grit


Best sound mixing


The King's Speech


The Social Network

True Grit

Best Visual Effects

Alice in Wonderland

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1



Iron Man 2


  • Brian Clark says:

    Hey, they recognized Dogtooth! Looks like I stand (happily) corrected.

  • Kyle says:

    WTF?! Where is THE TOWN?! And where is Andrew Garfield's Best Supporting Actor Nomination?!

  • Ann says:

    Andrew Garfield should have been nominated over Ruffalo for supporting actor.

  • cassandra says:

    what about ryan gosling for blue valentine?! only michelle gets recognized??

  • Chicago48 says:

    HAHAHAHA lmao -- I predicted that True Grit would be the sleeper movie and get a lot of's this year's Blind Side. I expect Colin to win actor, but it may be split between him and Jeff Bridges.....could be an upset there. I didn't see where Inception was that big a deal as a movie. Love that Hailie got nom'd but she belongs in best actress. I predicted that the Coens would bump somebody for best direction.
    Best Direction means actors and acting and they did a helluva job with True Grit. My fave movie of the year. Go True Grit!

  • Trace says:

    You know it was a bad year when Inception shows up on the ballots.

  • Jan Kubicki says:

    I'd hate to see King's Speech win. Best Film of 1956? Yes; 2010, no. Overall, good choices. The biggest omission? The reviled Mel Gibson in Edge of Darkness, a superior, criminally overlooked film.

  • NP says:

    This completely shocked and delighted me. I guess I'll have to watch the film tonight to celebrate (I've had it on pre-order at Amazon for weeks, and it arrives/is released today).

  • pinkyt says:

    Happy to see "Winter's Bone" represented, especially the acting noms. John Hawkes in particular was great. Ryan Gosling was sort of robbed, but it is hard to feel too bad b/c he gets to continue going through life being Ryan Gosling (I wonder if voters were turned off by the overall tone of the film, it really was the "feel bad movie of the year").

  • CiscoMan says:

    Toy Story 3 nominated in Adapted Screenplay? How does that work?

  • The Winchester says:

    At least NIN is now an Oscar nominee. That's literally the only award I care about anymore this year.

  • Brian says:

    Overall this is a pretty good list, it certainly could have been worse. Subtract The Kids Are All Right and Winter's Bone and add The Town and Ghost Writer and you'd have a great list. Inception should not have been nominated either, but there was no way around that, unless the Academy was willing to risk a full scale fanboy attack in the form of really shitty tech support.

  • Dimo says:

    Thanks for removing my comment about Toy Story 3 from earlier this morning. I guess you have something against coloring books.

  • Morgan says:

    No matter what your opinion on Inception - No Editing nomination is completely stupid. No Editing for Inception is the single biggest snub of the Oscars.
    All other 'snubs' have worthy replacements - But Inception's Editing was a lot better than the Editing in other films. It won the Critics Choice in the Category...