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2011 Academy Award Nominations

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Academy Award winner Mo'Nique (Precious) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' President Tom Sherak had the honor of announcing the nominees for the 2011 Annual Academy Awards early Tuesday morning.

The King's Speech lead all films this morning with 12 nominations total. True Grit came in second with 10 nods. Meanwhile, The Social Network and Inception both tied with 8 nominations.

Here are some of the noteworthy omissions and inclusions from today’s press conference:

  • Best Director: No Christopher Nolan (Inception). Seriously?? (Even James Cameron has to say something about that!)
  • Best Movie: No for Blue Valentine, yes for Winter's Bone and Toy Story 3 (also nominated in Animation category)
  • Best Actor: No Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine)!!! Also, no Mark Wahlberg (Fighter), no Leo DiCaprio (Inception), no Aaron Eckhart (Rabbit Hole), no Paul Giamatti (recent Golden Globe winner for Barney's Version). Javier Bardem, though, gets a yes for Biutiful.
  • Best Actress: No Julianne Moore (The Kids are All Right), no Halle Berry (Frankie & Alice)
  • Best Supp. Actor: No Andrew Garfield or Justin Timberlake (The Social Network), but a big YES for Jeremy Renner (The Town) and John Hawkes (Winter's Bone)

You can find a list of the nominees from the major Oscar categories after the jump.

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In Theaters This Holiday Week: December 29, 2010

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Another Year* (PG-13): starring David Bradley, Jim Broadbent, Karina Fernandez (directed by Mike Leigh)
  • Biutiful* (R): starring Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez, Hanna Bouchaib (directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
  • Blue Valentine* (R): starring Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel (directed by Derek Cianfrance)
  • The Red Chapel* (NR): starring NAMES (directed by Mads Brügger)
  • The Strange Case of Angelica* (NR): starring Ricardo Trepa, Luis Miguel Cintra, Pilar Lopez de Ayala (directed by Manoel de Oliveria)

*limited release

National Society of Film Critics Picks Waltz with Bashir

Waltz with Bashir

One year after honoring There Will Be Blood, the National Society of Film Critics has named its favorite film of 2008. Although it’s primarily been considered in the Best Animated or Best Foreign Language categories, Ari Folman’s was selected as this group’s top film of 2009.

The animated Israeli film - Folman’s memoir of his country’s 1982 Invasion of Lebanon - is currently up for a Golden Globe.

Here are the remaining 43rd Annual National Society of Film Critics Awards winners:

  • Best Film: Waltz With Bashir
  • Best Director: Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
  • Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk
  • Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

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New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Choose Milk, Wall-E


Just last week, the National Board of Review named Slumdog Millionaire its Best Film of 2008. Not surprisingly, that selection isn’t an opinion shared by all.

So which films could eventually be up for the Academy Award come February 22nd? (That is - assuming a possible SAG strike doesn’t halt the ceremony altogether.) Based on the choices just revealed by the New York and Los Angeles film critics, it could be anyone’s game.

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In Theaters This Weekend: October 10, 2008


Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

  • Body of Lies (R): starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Carice van Houten (directed by Ridley Scott)
  • City of Ember (PG): starring Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Saoirse Ronan (directed by Gil Kenan)
  • The Express (PG): starring Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Omar Benson Miller (directed by Gary Fleder)
  • Quarantine (R): starring Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short (directed by John Erick Dowdle)

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