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And the Nominees Are...

Bob Chipman | 28 Jan 2011 12:00
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Best Animated Feature

How To Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3, The Illusionist

Aww, cheer up Everybody Who Isn't Pixar! Their next movie is a Cars sequel, so you'll have a much better shot next year!

Best Original Screenplay

Another Year, written by Mike Leigh; The Fighter, screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Inception, written by Christopher Nolan, The Kids Are All Right, written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; The King's Speech, screenplay by David Seidler

Probably Seidler. On the other hand, Hollywood's very strong and vocal pro-gay-equality populace would love the chance to publically laud The Kids Are All Right - ideally with accompanying anti-Prop8 acceptance speech - and this would be just the place to do it.

Best Adapted Screenplay

127 Hours Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy; The Social Network screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Toy Story 3, screenplay by Michael Arndt, story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich; True Grit, written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Winter's Bone, adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

I have no joke to make here. It's a great list, and Aaron Sorkin will probably win - and he deserves to.

Best Score

How to Train Your Dragon, John Powell; Inception, Hans Zimmer; The King's Speech, Alexandre Desplat; 127 Hours, A.R. Rahman; The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Second most outrageous snub of the year outside of Nolan for Director? Daft Punk shut out of even a nod here for producing one of the best (and certainly the most original) scores of the year for Tron: Legacy. Yes, I know, not everyone liked the movie, but that score was a triumph. Sadder still, fans of the duo are thus denied the fun of explaining to their bewildered family/friends/coworkers why the Power Rangers were sitting in the audience at the Oscars.

Further Observations

Congratulations to makeup FX legend Rick Baker on his eleventh nomination (and six wins!) in the Best Makeup category for his stunning creatures in The Wolf Man. Baker won the first Oscar ever awarded for m akeup FX back in 1981 for An American Werewolf in London.

The lack of love shown to Tron: Legacy extends into its total shutout from the special effects, costuming and art direction categories. Again, whatever you think of the movie overall it's a visual marvel - although it's possible that the not-quite-perfectness of the digitally de-aged Jeff Bridges overshadowed how good the rest of the effects were, to say nothing of the rather incredible costuming.

Zero chance of it, I realize, but it would've been nice and wholly deserved to toss Edgar Wright a directing nod for Scott Pilgrim. No, the movie didn't need to be a Best Picture contender, but its direction in terms of pace, blocking, composition and sheer visual energy is some of the freshest and most engaging of the year.

Speaking of too unlikely to be a snub: It would've been both awesome and deserved for Chloe Moretz to get a nod for Kick-Ass's Hit Girl. I know, I know - it's a controversial role in a divisive movie, but it's every bit the star making breakout role that Steinfeld's turn in Grit was.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be held February 27th, with future Catwoman-to-be Anne Hathaway and Zany-Art-School-Performance-Artist-Currently-Doing-Movies-For-The-Lulz James Franco hosting.

Bob Chipman is a film critic and independent filmmaker. If you've heard of him before, you have officially been spending way too much time on the internet.

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