Tuesday, 25 January 2011

The King's Speech Leads Oscar Nominations with 12.

The 2011 Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and the early frontrunner is director Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, which pulled down 12 seperate nominations.

Among the Oscars the drama is up for are Best Picture, Best Actor for Colin Firth -- who plays late British monarch King George VI -- and Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter.

Colin faces stiff competition from Javier Bardem, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Bridges and James Franco for the coveted prize.

Australian star Geoffrey Rush, who plays speech therapist Lionel Logue in The King’s Speech, is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category alongside Christian Bale (The Fighter), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Jeremy Renner (The Town) and Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right).

Jeff Bridges latest movie True Grit -- which tells the tale of a Marshal who helps a stubborn woman find her father’s murderer -- has the next most nominations with 10 nods.

The Social Network -- which tells the story of how website Facebook was founded -- also did well, and is competing for eight accolades including Best Director (David Fincher), Best Picture and Best Actor.

In the Best Animated Film category are How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist and Toy Story 3, which is also a potential winner for Best Picture.

Natalie Portman is leading the race in the Best Actress shortlist for her role in Darren Aronofsky’s ballet epic Black Swan.

Her competition comes from Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine).

Surprisingly, Mila Kunis has been omitted from the nominations despite her performance in Black Swan being critically acclaimed and tipped for victory in the Best Supporting Actress category.

The winners will be announced at a star-studded ceremony on February 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, which will be presented by Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

You can see the full list below:

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 Actor
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours

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 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 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 Director
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Original Screenplay
Another Year
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Kids Are All Right

Best Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Best Foreign Film
Biutiful (Mexico)
Dogtooth (Greece)
Hors la Loi (Outside the Law) (Algeria)
Incendies (Canada)
In a Better World (Denmark)

Best Animated Film
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

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