Oscar Nominations

January 25, 2011 by Post Team 

Oscar Nominations, The Oscar race officially begins this morning when the nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards are announced in Beverly Hills.
At 5:38 PT / 8:38 ET, Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and winner of last year supporting-actress, Mo’Nique, will announce the finalists in 10 categories: lead actor, lead actress, actor support, supporting actress, animated feature, directing, foreign language film, adapted screenplay, original screenplay and best picture.

This is the second consecutive year that the best-picture field is enlarged to 10 films. Producers Guild – which gave its top honor to the King’s Speech on Wednesday – also named 10 films for best picture and if the guild is revealed, as usual, to be an indicator of Oscar nominations, these films can be in the running for the grand prize:

• 127 hours: James Franco star in this film directed by Danny Boyle Aron Ralston, the climber who had to take drastic measures to save his own life after his arm was trapped by a boulder during a solo hike to 2003 Moab, Utah.

• Black Swan: Darren Aronofsky’s psychological drama about a troubled ballerina, played by Natalie Portman wants to play both light and dark sides of the Swan Queen in Black Swan. Portman won a Golden Globe Jan. 16 for best actress in a drama for his role.

• The Fighter: Mark Wahlberg’s work of love, based on the true story of boxer return “Irish” Micky Ward (Wahlberg) in the 1990 TE with the help of his crack-addicted brother Dickie (Christian Bale) and domineering mother (Melissa Leo). Bale and Leo Globe winners are also supporting actor and actress.

• Inception: brain twister Christopher Nolan on a thief for hire (Leonardo DiCaprio), which can seep into the dreams, trafficking in the most remote corners of the unconscious and unearth dark secrets.

• The Kids Are All Right: Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play a couple of lsbns whose teenage children decide to find their father’s sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo), leading to all sorts of complications in their lives. Bening won best actress in a comedy or musical Golden Globe.

• Speech of the King: The story of how King George VI (Colin Firth) took the throne of England to the abdication of his brother and, with the nation on the brink of war, desperately need a cure for his severe stuttering. The solution came in the form of a speech Orthodox (Geoffrey Rush). Firth has already won the best actor / drama Globe for the role.

• Social networks: David Fincher skewering look at the genesis of Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), who started on the social networking site while a student at Harvard. He made himself and a resounding success with a single mind, which does not bode well for those close to him. The film won best drama at the Golden Globes.

• The Town: Ben Affleck directed and stars in this gritty story of a band of Boston race of bank robbers and FBI agent (Jon Hamm) is on their heels. Jeremy Renner has been widely accalimed to play a thief hothead.

• Toy Story 3: Sheriff Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), Buzz Light year (Tim Allen) and their buddies get the treatment in 3-D as owner Andy prepares to head to college in this final entry in the trilogy Toy Story. Packed in a box for the attic, they are mistakenly sent to a daycare full of kids toys and destructive power-hungry. The film won the Golden Globe for best-animated film.

• True Grit: Joel and Ethan Coen’s remake of the 1969 film that won John Wayne an Oscar, this time with Jeff Bridges as the drunken, Marshall Rooster Cogburn shameful and Hailee Steinfeld as the teenager who hired him to find the man who killed his father.

The Oscars will be presented Sunday, Feb. 27 and broadcast live on ABC. Guests this year are actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

Nominations for the 2011 Oscars will be announced at 8:30 ET today. Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Annette Bening, “The Social Network”, “True Grit,” “The Fighter” and “The King’s Speech” are among those who should hang nodding. Come back with Speakeasy for a complete list of finalists this year.

What Fantastic Four Member Dies: Nearly fifty years after Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and the Thing have been introduced worldwide, said Tuesday fans which member will meet their demise in Fantastic Four No. 587. [Spoiler Alert! Stop reading now if you do not want to know who dies! Start] Let’s stay with that. The thing has survived another year, Invisible Woman will live to see another day, and Mr. Fantastic will continue to be part of the Marvel comic book. Sorry, Human Torch. Before starting the fans mourning the death of the superhero, there’s more bad news. No question. 588 of the comic series will last at least for now. [AP]

Lil Wayne’s Spring Tour: Lil Wayne, who was recently released from prison on charges of firearms, takes the road for his “I Am Music II” tour. The rapper will kick off its tour in an arena in Buffalo, NY, March 18 before hitting 24 more cities. Tickets for the tour, which ends on May 1 in New Jersey, will be available from February 4. The rapper plans to release his upcoming album “Tha Carter IV” in the spring. [LAT]


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