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Academy Award Nominations

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011


Academy Award Nominations: King’s Speech Leads With 12



By Gregg Kilday
Hollywood Reporter


With 12 nominations, The King’s Speech led the pack as nominations were announced early Tuesday morning for the 83rd Academy Awards.


The circle of 10 best picture nominees encompasses Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter’s Bone.


Nominated for best actress are Annette Bening, who plays a lesbian mom protecting her family in The Kids Are All Right; Natalie Portman, who steps in the pointe shoes of a ballerina descending into madness in Black Swan; Nicole Kidman, who stars as a mother dealing with grief in Rabbit Hole; Jennifer Lawrence, who appears as a backwoods girl trying to hold her family together in Winter’s Bone; and Michelle Williams, who portrays a young woman whose marriage is falling apart in Blue Valentine.



Christian Bale led off the list of best supporting actors for his performance as a meth-addled ex-boxer in The Fighter. He’ll compete against John Hawkes, for his tough backwoods character in Winter’s Bone; Jeremy Renner, for his hopped-up street tough in The Town; Mark Ruffalo, for his sperm donor of a dad in The Kids Are All Right; and Geoffrey Rush for his shrewd speech therapist in The King’s Speech.


The best supporting actress nominees are Amy Adams, for her feisty girlfriend in The Fighter and Melissa Leo, who plays a formidable mom in the same movie; Helena Bonham Carter, for her portrait of the young Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech; newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, who her spunky avenger in True Grit; and Aussi actress Jacki Weaver, for playing another manipulative matriarch in Animal Kingdom.


Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem, Buitiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours


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


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
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine


Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, King’s Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingrdom


Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David O’ Russell, The Fighter
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, True Grit


Best Picture
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone