Oscar Nominees 2011: And the Oscar goes to…

Cinephiles unite! It is that time of year again! The Academy Awards have returned with some wonderful surprises, some well-earned nominations, some nominations that were not so well-earned, and some downright shocking snubs. Matt Pais of the RedEye covered all of the bases very nicely here.

Let’s get on with it already! Here, ladies and gentlemen, are my picks. Twenty-four categories, twenty-four educated predictions.

Actor in a Leading Role:

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

And the Oscar goes to…

Actor in a Supporting Role:

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

And the Oscar Goes to…

Actress in a Leading Role:

Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

And the Oscar goes to…

Actress in a Supporting Role:

Amy Adams – The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

And the Oscar goes to…

Animated Feature Film:

How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

And the Oscar goes to…

Art Direction:

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit

And the Oscar goes to…

Cinematography:

Black Swan
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

And the Oscar goes to…

Costume Design:

Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King’s Speech
The Tempest
True Grit

And the Oscar goes to…

Directing:

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

And the Oscar goes to…

Documentary (Feature):

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Gasland
Inside Job
Restrepo
Waste Land

And the Oscar goes to…

Documentary (Short Subject):

Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang

And the Oscar goes to…

Film Editing:

Black Swan – Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter – Pamela Martin
The King’s Speech – Tariq Anwar
127 Hours – Jon Harris
The Social Network – Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

And the Oscar goes to…

Foreign Language Film:

Biutiful – Mexico
Dogtooth – Greece
In a Better World – Denmark
Incendies – Canada
Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) – Algeria

And the Oscar goes to…

Makeup:

Barney’s Version – Adrien Morot
The Way Back – Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
The Wolfman – Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

And the Oscar goes to…

Music (Original Score):

How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell
Inception – Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours – A. R. Rahman
The Social Network – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

And the Oscar goes to…

Music (Original Song):

Coming Home – Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
I See the Light – Alan Menken and Glenn Slater
If I Rise – A. R. Rahman, Dido and Rollo Armstrong
We Belong Together – Randy Newman

And the Oscar goes to…

Best Picture:

Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

And the Oscar goes to…

Short Film (Animated):

Day & Night – Teddy newton
The Gruffalo – Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
Let’s Pollute – Geefwee Boedoe
The Lost Thing – Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) – Bastien Dubois

And the Oscar goes to…

Short Film (Live Action):

The Confession – Tanel Toom
The Crush – Michael Creagh
God of Love – Luke Matheny
Na Wewe – Ivan Goldschmidt
Wish 143 – Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

And the Oscar goes to…

Sound Editing:

Inception – Richard King
Toy Story 3 – Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
Tron: Legacy – Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
True Grit – Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
Unstoppable – Mark P. Stoeckinger

And the Oscar goes to…

Sound Mixing:

Inception – Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
The King’s Speech – Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
Salt – Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
The Social Network – Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
True Grit – Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

And the Oscar goes to…

Visual Effects:

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2

And the Oscar goes to…

Writing (Adapted Screenplay):

127 Hours – Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 – Michael Arndt
True Grit – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone – Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

And the Oscar goes to…

Writing (Original Screenplay):

Another Year – Mike Leigh
The Fighter – Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Inception – Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right – Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech – David Seidler

And the Oscar goes to…

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Click on the photos below to read a bit about why I think they deserve to take home the coveted Academy Award of Merit.

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