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01-27-2011 08:50 BJT Special Report:The 83rd Academy Awards |

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For the most part, the U.S.'s 83rd Academy Award nominations churned out few surprises on Tuesday. "The King's Speech" got the most Oscar nominations, with 12. Other top contenders include mind-bending epic "Inception" and Facebook saga "The Social Network."

Oscar nominations for British monarchy saga "The King's Speech" include best picture and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush.

After getting overlooked at the Golden Globes, the Coen brothers' "True Grit" showed stronger than many pundits expected, scoring 10 nods - two more than "Inception" and "Network," which each landed eight.

For the most part, the U.S.'s 83rd Academy Award nominations
churned out few surprises on Tuesday. "The King's Speech" got
the most Oscar nominations, with 12. Other top contenders
include mind-bending epic "Inception" and Facebook saga "The
Social Network."

Javier Bardem earned a nomination for his performance in the Spanish-language drama "Biutiful." At least one Hollywood veteran was surprised by the supporting-actor nomination of character actor John Hawkes for his work in the acclaimed but low-budget indie drama "Winter's Bone."

Pete Hammond, Columnist of Deadline Hollywood, said, "I think there weren't a whole lot of surprises. There's nothing where I go, 'Whoa! That's shocking.' I think Javier Bardem was a nice touch. He was not nominated in any precursor award show, except BAFTA last week, so that was good. But I think, basically, they followed the script that we've seen all award shows earlier this season. In fact, the Producers Guild had nine of the same 10 best-picture nominees that the Academy does. So, not a whole lot of surprises, but a good list. And I think it's going to be a real horse race."

Christopher Nolan had a good morning, too. He's nominated as producer of "Inception" and for its original screenplay, and yet he was overlooked as the film's director.

Also overlooked: director Ben Affleck's crime drama "The Town," which was widely predicted to land a best-picture nod... Mark Wahlberg's starring performance in "The Fighter" though Wahlberg did get a nod as producer of the film... all but one of the actors in the large ensemble cast of "The Social Network"... and veteran actor Robert Duvall, who campaigned hard for his drama "Get Low."

Roz Weston, Correspondent of Entertainment Tonight, Canada, said, "Really, 'King's Speech' versus 'Social Network,' which is funny: (old-fashioned) versus modern. I don't know. In a situation like this, everybody's pulling for 'The Social Network.' But when you actually look at the demographic of who the Academy are, and how old they actually are, it may lean toward 'King's Speech.'"

The winners will be announced Sunday, February 27th in Hollywood. 

 


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