There were few surprises as to what films were named as nominees during this morning's Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announcement of the 2011 Oscar nominees, but that is definitely a good thing. As suspected, "The King's Speech," "The Social Network" and "True Grit" led the pack. "The King's Speech" led the nominees with 13 nods, while "True Grit" had a surprising 10 and "The Social Network" had nine.
First up: the best picture race. In addition to the three films above, "The Fighter," "The Kids Are All Right," "Inception," "Winter's Bone," "Toy Story 3," "127 Hours" and "Black Swan" were all recognized. Those have been the front runners the whole race, and though "The Town" and "Blue Valentine" seemed somewhat likely to at least get a nomination, this was pretty much what was expected.
Click on after the jump to see who else got nominated.
Of these 10, it was David Fincher, David O. Russell, Tom Hooper, Darren Aronofsky and Joel and Ethan Cohen who received directing nods. Sorry, Christopher Nolan and Lee Unkrich.
It was a nice surprise in the Best Actor category that Javier Bardem was nominated for his performance in "Biutiful." The rest of the actors—Jeff Bridges, James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg and Colin Firth—were all shoe-ins, but it was nice to see Bardem get recognized for his work in a foreign language flick. Apparently the Academy didn't notice how absolutely fantastic Mark Wahlberg was in "The Fighter."
And I guess the Academy decided they had chosen Annette Benning (who also won the Golden Globe) as their "Kids Are All Right" leading lady for the Best Actress category and are sticking to it, because her costar Julianne Moore didn't even get a Best Supporting Actress nomination. Michelle Williams got a nomination for "Blue Valentine," and rounding out the nominees were Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman and Natalie Portman (who I firmly expect to win).
If you're scratching your head as to why Hailee Steinfeld wasn't included in there, it's because for some inexplicable reason the Academy decided to relegate her to Best Supporting Actress. She is joined by Helena Bonham Carter for "The King's Speech," "The Fighter"'s Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, and Jackie Weaver from "Animal Kingdom."
Back to the unsurprising nominations: our Best Supporting Actors are Christian Bale, John Hawkes for "Winter's Bone," Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Geoffrey Rush. But there are two big absences from this category. First, where is anyone from "The Social Network"? I figured at least Andrew Garfield would get a nod, but I also thought Armie Hammer was deserving as well (maybe next time, Justin Timberlake). And secondly, where is any love for Matt Damon in "True Grit"? I agree with all the nominees chosen but am surprised these two (or three) were forgotten.
Rounding out the nominees were, for Best Foreign Film, "Biutiful," "Dogtooth," "In A Better World," "Incendies" and "Outside The Law," and, for Best Animated Feature, "How To Train Your Dragon" (yay!), "The Illusionist" and "Toy Story 3." For a full list of the nominees, click here.
What did you think of this year's Oscar nominees? Did you think everyone got what they deserved, or are you angry some were snubbed?