Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
- Black Swan
- The Fighter
- The Kids Are All Right
- The King's Speech
- The Social Network
I was worried that Black Swan would miss here. Everything else is pretty expected.
Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role:
- Jeff Bridges - True Grit
- Robert Duvall - Get Low
- Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
- Colin Firth - The King's Speech
- James Franco - 127 Hours
Bridges makes a comeback after the surprise sub at the Globes (along with Duvall). The real question though, is who among the three front-runners is going to take this. Eisenberg has fared better than I ever thought he would, and with Mark Zuckerberg having just been named as Time's Person of the Year, they might just swing his way over the One Man Show and the Royalty Performance.
Outstanding 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
- Hilary Swank - Conviction
Uh, hi there Hilary Swank, really didn't expect to see you here along with the other four and WAIT A MINUTE. Julianne Moore? Ms. Moore? Are you out there?...oh. Well that's awkward.
Outstanding 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
Jeremy Renner just doesn't seem to want to go away. Don't get me wrong, I like the guy, but the script for The Town gave him nothing to do except talk "tough." And while we're on the subject of one-note performances, hey there, John Hawkwaes; it's nice to see that glowering scored you a nomination for a certain overrated indie. But the real surprise here is that Ruffalo got in while co-star Moore was left in the dust, especially since the reverse happened at the Globes. Not that it matters; congratulations Christian Bale/Geoffrey Rush.
Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role:
- Amy Adams - The Fighter
- Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
- Mila Kunis - Black Swan
- Melissa Leo - The Fighter
- Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
I don't like seeing Jacki Weaver snubbed here at all. If she doesn't have the actors' brach behind her, it could mean trouble ahead, regardless of the critics' love and the surprise Globe nom. Interesting to see Steinfeld score here (apparently it's a case of category fraud), along with Kunis. Lastly, I guess it's officially time to say "goodbye" to Dianne Wiest and Aaron Eckhart's Oscar chances. It's really a shame, especially for Mr. Eckhart (more on him and Rabbit Hole later today).
For the rest of the nominees (for TV/mini-series) go HERE.