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Who will win the 2011 Oscar for Best Actor?

Friday, February 25th, 2011
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A reluctant king, a brave hiker, a tech wunderkind, a gruff U.S. Marshal and a man facing his own mortality are the roles of this years Best Actor award at Sunday’s Oscars.

The nominees, and the roles they played:  You can watch the trailer by clicking on the links.

Javier Bardem in “Biutiful.”

Jeff Bridges in “True Grit.”

Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network.”

Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech.”

James Franco in “127 Hours.”


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Few Surprises Appear As ‘The King’s Speech’ Leads With 12 Oscar Nominations

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
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Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter were all nominated for their work in The King’s Speech, which led this morning’s Oscar nominations with 12.

There were no surprises at the Academy Award nominations this morning.  As expected the ten Best Picture nominations went to 127 Hours, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, Black Swan, The Social Network, Inception, The Fighter, Winter’s Bone, Toy Story 3, and True Grit.

(Here’s a list of the major nominees.)

The King’s Speech led with 12 nominations, including major-category nods for its screenplay; actors Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush; and its director, Tom Hooper.

Behind it were True Grit the most successful cowboy movie for some time with 10 nominations.

Inception and The Social Network, both had eight.

The Fighter, had seven nominations, all in prominent categories: three for actors, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Amy Adams, all in supporting categories.  Perhaps one surprise was that there was no nomination for lead Mark Wahlberg, one for its screenplay, one for its director, and one for its editing, in addition to Best Picture.

Ozarks-based drama Winter’s Bone, a film that seemed at risk of being nudged out of a bunch of different categories and forgotten, wound up earning four nominations: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress (newcomer Jennifer Lawrence), and Best Supporting Actor candidate , John Hawkes, well know from a large backlog of character work on television (including a late run on Lost), whether you recognize his name or not.

Joel and Ethan Coen were nominated for Best Director for True Grit, along with David O. Russell (The Fighter), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), David Fincher (The Social Network), and Hooper. That nudged out expected nominee Christopher Nolan, who directed the infernally complex Inception. Also showing up a little less than some expected was Ben Affleck’s film The Town, which pulled in only a Supporting Actor nomination for Jeremy Renner after being talked up for a possible Best Picture spot.

The much-discussed “fifth spot” for Best Actor — after Firth, James Franco (127 Hours), Jeff Bridges (True Grit) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) — went to Javier Bardem for Biutiful, which was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. That left out possible contenders like Robert Duvall (Get Low) and Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine).

Nominees for Best Actress, meanwhile, are Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), and Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone).

One thing is for sure, these nominations will be seen as significantly less controversial than those from the prior year.


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