The 2011 Oscar Nominations were announced this morning. Follow after the break for a look at which movies the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences believes were last year’s best. We’d also like to use this opportunity to make our own announcement: February will be Oscars Month here at The Bonus View. We have some plans in mind that we think you’re going to like. (Hint: Free stuff for our readers!)
The Academy Awards will air Sunday, February 27th on ABC. In the lead-up to that, most of our polls and Roundtables for the month will feature an Oscar theme. We’ll also be doing an Oscars Live-Blog during the show. We had such a good time with our Golden Globes Live-Blog that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do it again. And this time, I’m giving everyone fair notice.
Better yet, we’re upping the ante this time. Not only will we be live-blogging the event, there will be CONTESTS DURING THE LIVE-BLOG! We’re already starting to collect discs to give away. If you read along with the live-blog, we’ll have multiple contests throughout the course of the show in which you can win FREE BLU-RAY DISCS! How cool is that?
Even people who’ve won previous contests here will be eligible to win. Are you excited yet? We are!
OK, with that out of the way, let’s take a look at this year’s nominations. The full list of nominees can be found on the official Oscars web site. Drew will also be posting soon with his own more detailed analysis of the Academy’s choices. For now, here are my quick thoughts on the Best Picture category.
As you know, the Academy expanded the competition for Best Picture to ten movies last year. They may be regretting it this year. The downturn in quality of movies in 2010 must have made picking ten nominees difficult. Before the announcements were made, Mrs. Z and I came up with the following ten predictions: ‘Black Swan’, ‘The Fighter’, ‘Inception’, ‘The Kids Are All Right’, ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘Rabbit Hole’, ‘The Social Network’, ‘The Town’, ‘True Grit’, and ‘Winter’s Bone’. We were reminded at the last minute of ‘127 Hours’ and debated whether to swap that one out with ‘Winter’s Bone’, but Mrs. Z was insistent on the latter.
Here’s what actually made the cut:
- ‘127 Hours’
- ‘Black Swan’
- ‘The Fighter’
- ‘The Kids Are All Right’
- ‘The King’s Speech’
- ‘The Social Network’
- ‘Toy Story 3’
- ‘True Grit’
- ‘Winter’s Bone’
It looks like Mrs. Z was right about ‘Winter’s Bone’, but I was also right about ‘127 Hours’. We both overestimated ‘Rabbit Hole’ (though Nicole Kidman did score an acting nomination). We’re both actually relieved that ‘The Town’ didn’t make the short-list as was widely predicted, because it honestly doesn’t deserve to be in this competition. In its place is another mainstream hit, ‘Toy Story 3’. While it’s nice to see some recognition that an animated film could be the best picture of the year, that one’s very unlikely to win. Just like Pixar’s ‘Up’ before it, ‘Toy Story 3’ will no doubt win the Best Animated Feature award and be passed over for the more prestigious prize.
Otherwise, we were pretty much on the money. The rest of the nominations fell right in line with expectations. Again, I think this speaks toward the poor quality of movies in general in 2010.
Clearly, the front runners are ‘The Social Network’ and ‘The King’s Speech’. Which gets the most votes will likely come down to a generational divide within the Academy. Younger voting members will gravitate toward the hipper, more of-the-moment and culturally relevant ‘Social Network’, while older voters will side with the stately and traditional ‘King’s Speech’. I expect that ‘Social Network’ will win in the end, but it would be dangerous to forget how many Academy members fall into the older age bracket. (I also have to admit that I’m terrible at making Oscar predictions.) We’ll find out which way it really goes on February 27th. Be sure to join us for the live-blog. It’ll be a lot of fun!