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83rd Oscars: Nominees Announced For Academy Awards

The King's Speech is nominated for 12 Oscars at the 83rd Academy Awards The King's Speech is nominated for 12 Oscars at the 83rd Academy Awards

I still can’t get used to the fact that the number of Best Picture nominees has doubled, but it’s hard to quibble with any of this year’s Academy Award selections, which include the Coen brothers’ True Grit and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan starring Natalie Portman. Of course, some of the year’s hottest movies were no-brainers to get nominated at the 83rd installment of the Oscars, namely The Social Network, Inception, and The King’s Speech. Do flicks like Winter's Bone, Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, or The Fighter have a shot at the big prize?

Of the ten nominees for best movie, the wild card with the longest shot of winning has got to be Toy Story 3. I mean, it was a great movie, flawless even. But an animated piece that is so light and skews so young just doesn’t seem like it’s going to topple something like The King’s Speech, which has nominations in 11 other categories, or True Grit, which is up for 10 trophies in total.

Winter’s Bone might be my favorite of the nominees, but I don’t think it has the momentum to outdo the typical Oscar fodder. Same with The Kids Are All Right, The Fighter, and 127 Hours – all fine films in their own right, but I’d be shocked to see one of them get the award.

In other categories, all five potential best directors represent movies nominated for Best Picture, which makes sense now that the latter category is so big. My guess is that the Academy will go with the Coens, but I’d love to see Aronofsky take the stage with a statuette in his hands.

The Best Actor category brings with it a new title, as past winner Javier Bardem is nominated for his role in Best Foreign Language Film nominee Biutiful. Best Actress introduces a couple more films, as Nicole Kidman is up for Rabbit Hole, while Michelle Williams is recognized for her role in Blue Valentine.

Looking back, it’s been quite a year for film, and the Oscars have done a pretty decent job of recognizing that. I can’t remember a recent year of finding so little to be upset by in terms of omissions, successes overlooked, or egregious nominations by the illustrious Academy.

Still, in spite of a plethora of great movies in 2010, when you tune in to the 83rd Academy Awards, you’re going to be hearing a lot of the same titles repeated. Black Swan, Toy Story 3, Inception, The Fighter, 127 Hours, and The Social Network are all up for between five and eight Oscars apiece. And then there’s True Grit and The King’s Speech, which have dominated the nominations. But that fact aside, I’m predicting that The King’s Speech will not be the biggest winner. Instead, I think the Coen brothers’ Western masterpiece will be the toast of Tinseltown come February 27.

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The Social Network is up for eight Oscars at the 83rd Academy Awards
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