Sunday, December 5, 2010

Washington, DC Area Film Critics Nominations

I know what you're thinking. First, why does this matter? Because I'm going to barrage you with almost every conceivable year-end film award, whether you like it or not (actually, its because I like it, and its my blog, so there). You're probably also wondering where the Grammy nominations I promised are. Well, there's 107 categories, and even the ones I focus on number over 30. So they'll be coming in regular installments between now and the ceremony on February 13. If you can't wait, here's the full list.
This isn't necessarily a major prize, but I do think its noteworthy because it looks like a realistic Oscar field, as opposed to the independent-film prizes, the no-nominations NBRs, and that joke of an awards show that is the Golden Satellites (The Other Guys for Best Picture? Really?). Here are this year's nominees.
BEST PICTURE
Black Swan
Inception
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
Isn't it odd that The Kids Are All Right didn't make the top five? Not really, since the buzz has somewhat quieted since the summer. And a five-wide field here can hardly be indicative of all 10 Oscar nominees. I am starting to think I underestimated Black Swan; maybe it really will be an Oscar contender.
BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit
David Fincher, The Social Network
Christopher Nolan, Inception
BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Robert Duvall, Get Low
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
I guess I underestimated Eisenberg too. He's starting to develop into a real challenger to Firth's supposed sure-thing.
BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love & Other Drugs
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
This is a very real possibilty for the the Oscar category, though I think Lesley Manville has a better chance than Hathaway.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
Sam Rockwell, Conviction
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
I'm glad to see Hawkes pick up a nomination here, but the omission of Mark Ruffalo worries me about his chances. I liked his performance better than Rockwell's, in terms of the long-overdue actors.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Weaver is becoming a real force in the precursors, which makes me glad I saw the film and became a convert to her talents.
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The Social Network
The Town
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Michael Ardnt, Toy Story 3
Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit
Debra Granik and Anne Rossellini, Winter's Bone
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Mike Leigh, Another Year
Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin, Black Swan
Christopher Nolan, Inception
Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler, The King's Speech
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
Megamind
Tangled
Toy Story 3
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SONG
Biutiful
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I Am Love
Mother
White Material
BEST DOCUMENTARY
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Restrepo
The Tillman Story
Waiting for "Superman"
BEST ART DIRECTION
Alice in Wonderful
Black Swan
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1
Inception
True Grit
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Black Swan
Inception
127 Hours
The Social Network
True Grit
BEST SCORE
Black Swan
Inception
127 Hours
The Social Network
True Grit

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