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Look for surprises and slights in this year’s 83rd Academy Awards Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday morning, January 25th, 2011.

Tall Writer’s 2011 Oscar Nomination Picks

This year’s Oscar nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will be announced Tuesday morning, January 25th, 2011. Likely Best Actor nominee James Franco and likely future Catwoman Anne Hathaway will co-host the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. ABC will televise the ceremony live.

This year Sony, Paramount, Fox Searchlight, Warner Brothers, and, of course, The Weinstein Company should get the lion’s share of the nominations. Sony has Social Network, Country Strong , Another Year, Barney’s Version, Get Low, The Illusionist, Inside Job, and Made in Dagenham. Paramount has The Fighter, True Grit, How to Train Your Dragon, Shutter Island, and Waiting for Superman. Fox Searchlight has 127 Hours and Black Swan. Warner Brothers has Inception and The Town. The Weinsteins have Blue Valentine, The King’s Speech, Nowhere Boy, and The Tillman Story.

The Mouse House, a.k.a. Disney, could get recognition for films including Alice in Wonderland, Tangled, Toy Story 3, and TRON Legacy while Focus Features could score noms with The Kids Are All Right, Greenberg, and Somewhere.
Roadside Attractions has a chance with Biutiful and Winter’s Bone while Lionsgate could get in the mix with Rabbit Hole.

As always, look for several interesting honors, surprises and slights. Hailee Steinfeld’s performance in True Grit might move into this category from Supporting Actress while Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in Shutter Island could him some extra support for a Best Actor nom in Inception. More nomination slots for the competitive Best Animated Film would have been nice. In the Best Supporting Actor category, Pete Postlethwaite could supplant his The Town co-star Jeremy Renner.

Every year these honors provide amazing excitement by celebrating various filmmaking fields. This nomination predication list includes most film categories. Likely winners/frontrunners are marked with an asterisk in the front. Here are my picks that include one alternate choice each that could steal a nomination:

Best Picture

Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
*The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone
Alternate choice – 127 Hours

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
*David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O’Russell, The Fighter
Alternate choice -Danny Boyle, 127 Hours

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
Alternate choice -Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine

Best Actress

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
*Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Alternate choice – Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Animated Film

*Toy Story 3
How to Train Your Dragon
Alternate choice – Despicable Me

Best Supporting Actor

*Christian Bale, The Fighter
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Pete Postlethwaite, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Alternate choice – Sam Rockwell, Conviction

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
Alternate choice – Mila Kunis, Black Swan

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
*Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Michael Arndt, Toy Story 3
Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, True Grit
Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Winter’s Bone
Alternate choice – Robert Harris and Roman Polanski, The Ghost Writer

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John J. McLaughlin, Black Swan
Eric Johnson, Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy, The Fighter
*Christopher Nolan, Inception
David Speidler, The King’s Speech
Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right
Alternate choice – Nicole Holofcener, Please Give

Best Art Direction

*Alice in Wonderland (Robert Stromberg; Karen O’Hara, Peter Young)
Black Swan (Thérèse DePrez; Tora Peterson)
Inception (Guy Dyas; Lisa Chugg, Paul Healy, Douglas A. Mowat)
The King’s Speech (Eve Stewart; Judy Farr)
True Grit (Jess Gonchor; Nancy Haigh)
Alternate choice – Shutter Island (Dante Ferretti; Francesca Lo Schiavo)

Best Cinematography

*Black Swan (Matthew Libatique)
Inception (Wally Pfister)
The King’s Speech (Danny Cohen)
The Social Network (Jeff Cronenweth)
True Grit (Roger Deakins)
Alternate choice – The Town (Robert Elswit)

Best Costume Design

*Alice in Wonderland (Colleen Atwood)
Black Swan (Amy Westcott)
The King’s Speech (Jenny Beaven)
The Tempest (Sandy Powell)
True Grit (Mary Zophres)
Alternate choice – TRON Legacy (Christine Bieselin Clark and Michael Wilkinson)

Best Film Editing

Black Swan (Andrew Weisblum)
The Fighter (Pamela Martin)
Inception (Lee Smith)
The King’s Speech (Tariq Anwar)
*The Social Network (Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall)
Alternate choice – The Town (Dylan Tichenor)

Best Makeup

Alice in Wonderland
The Fighter
*The Wolfman
Alternate choice – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

Best Music (Original Score)

Alice in Wonderland (Danny Elfman)
How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)
*Inception (Hans Zimmer)
The King’s Speech (Alexandre Desplat)
The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
Alternate choice – 127 Hours (A.R. Rahman)

Best Music (Original Song)

“If I Rise” from 127 Hours
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque
“Coming Home” from Country Strong
*“I See the Light” from Tangled
“We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3
Alternate choice – “Shine” from Waiting for Superman

Best Sound Editing

Black Swan
How to Train Your Dragon
*TRON Legacy
True Grit
Alternate choice – 127 Hours

Best Sound Mixing

Black Swan
TRON Legacy
True Grit
Alternate choice – The Social Network

Best Visual Effects

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
Iron Man 2
TRON Legacy
Alternate choice – Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Best Documentary Feature

Exit through the Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency)
Gasland (HBO Documentary Films)
Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics)
*Waiting for “Superman” (Paramount Pictures)
Waste Land (Arthouse Films)
Alternate choice – The Tillman Story (The Weinstein Company)

Best Foreign Language Film

*Biutiful (Mexico)
In a Better World (Denmark)
Incendies (Canada)
Life, Above All (South Africa)
Simple Simon (Sweden)
Alternate choice – Outside the Law (Algeria)

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