Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oscar nominations: first impressions

Now that I've recovered from waking up at 5:30 in the morning, let's discuss the Oscar nominations. Tim and I will have a more in-depth discussion on this week's show, so these are just my first impressions.

"The King's Speech" led the way with 12 nominations including Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor. Colin Firth has become the favorite for Best Actor, though he has stiff competition from James Franco in "127 Hours."

I'm hoping that these nominations along with the 14 Bafta's and the Producer's Guild win is pushing "The King's Speech" ahead of "The Social Network" which received eight nominations including Best Picture, Actor, Adapted Screenplay and Director.

"True Grit" followed with 10 and "The Fighter" received seven. Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams were all nominated in the Supporting categories. It's no secret that I've been in love with Bale since "Newsies" and "Swing Kids" so I'm very excited to see him finally recognized for his talent.

Also getting well deserved recognition is "Toy Story 3," only the third animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. A lot of people criticized Pixar for campaigning for the top prize instead of Best Animated Feature, but obviously they knew better.

I think it helps that these characters are so familiar that you have to be a robot not to get emotional about their final chapter.

A few nominations that got our nerd levels jumping were "Iron Man 2," "Inception" and "Harry Potter" for Best Visual Effects, while "Tron: Legacy" was nominated in the sound editing category. Among "Inception's" eight nominations were also Best Picture and Original Screenplay, though Christopher Nolan was snubbed for director.

There weren't any big surprises this morning, though there was a few notable snubs which we'll cover in a separate column.

Be sure to stay with us for complete Oscar coverage on "Inscaped," as well as our usual hilarious live blog during the show.

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