Oscar Nominations!!!

Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the list of nominees for this year's Oscars. Last year's winner Mo'Nique joined Academy president Tom Sherak to unveil the nominees. The King's Speech leads with 12 nominations, followed by True Grit with 10, The Social Network and Inception with 8 apiece, and The Fighter with 7.  There are some surprises this morning...some good, some bad. The Best Supporting Actress category leaves me with mixed feelings: I'm thrilled that Jacki Weaver made the cut for her phenomenal work in Animal Kingdom. I'm annoyed, though, that Hailee Steinfeld is also nominated for True Grit - she's in 99.9% of the movie and the plot revolves around her. Steinfeld's category fraud means that worthier nominees missed out, but oh well...
Overall, the most noteworthy snub is Christopher Nolan from the Best Director list for Inception - WHAT?! I also thought The Town would be up for Best Picture. Let's not harp on the negative, though, and look and the good things: Black Swan has 5 nominations overall, and two Canadian movies are nominated: Incendies for Best Foreign Language film and Barney's Version for Best Makeup.

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  
David O'Russell, The Fighter
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, True Grit

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 Adapted Screenplay:
127 Hours, Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy 
The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin 
Toy Story 3, Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkric
True Grit, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter's Bone, Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Best Original Screenplay:  
Another Year, Mike Leigh 
The Fighter, Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson 
Inception, Christopher Nolan 
The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg 
The King's Speech, David Seidler

Full list of nominees here.