Academy Awards nominees, 2011

Here are my thoughts on the 2011 Oscar nominees (last year’s post is here).

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

No real surprises on this list, but I have to say, The King’s Speech is the likely winner of the coveted Best Picture Oscar. It seemed for the longest time that The Social Network was going to win this, but it’s clearly lost momentum -with the Baftas setting the trend; although coming from the British Academy, this was less surprising. Then it won the Producer’s Guild Award and now the tally of Oscar nominations makes it quite obvious –The King’s Speech got twelve; the Social Network eight. So the race is really close between those two. I haven’t seen The King’s Speech but I’m pretty sure the Social Network remains my personal favourite and the more deserving winner. But that’s only my opinion.
It’s nice to see the usual Pixar nod in this category since the field has been widened up, and Sundance favourite Winter’s Bone also made the cut, possible to the expense of Ben Affleck’s The Town.

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