Here are the best picture nominations for this year:
- "127 Hours," Fox Searchlight, six nominations, $11.2 million, released Nov. 12.
- "Black Swan," Fox Searchlight, five nominations, $83.2 million, released Dec. 3.
- "Inception," Warner Bros., eight nominations, $292.5 million, released July 16.
- "The Fighter," Paramount, seven nominations, $72.6 million, released Dec. 10.
- "The Kids Are All Right," Focus, four nominations, $20.8 million, released July 30.
- "The King's Speech," Weinstein Co., 12 nominations, $57.3 million, released Dec. 10.
- "The Social Network," Sony, eight nominations, $95.4 million, released Oct. 1.
- "Toy Story 3," Disney, five nominations, $414.9 million, released June 18.
- "True Grit," Paramount, 10 nominations, $137.9 million, released Dec. 22.
- "Winter's Bone," Roadside Attractions, four nominations, $6.2 million, released June 10.
It is hard to guess the last one that would be cut. The Academy likes the Coen brothers and it got nine other nominations. The one strike against it is that it was successful - it broke $100 million making it the most successful western since the 1990s. The Academy seems to hate successful movies. No one has seen Winter's Bone. Even for an Academy that prefers small independent releases, it is pretty obscure. Finally most of the buzz about 127 Hours is for the acting so it might not have gotten a best picture nomination.
Often Best Picture and Best Director awards go to the same movie. Here is the list of Best Director nominations:
- "Black Swan" Darren Aronofsky
- "The Fighter" David O. Russell
- "The King's Speech" Tom Hooper
- "The Social Network" David Fincher
- "True Grit" Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Personally, I think that the winner should be The King Speech with True Grit as a close second. Since both got best director nominations, they likely would have gotten best picture nominations. By that measure, the extra five slots were not needed.
Two last notes - Despicable Me really should have gotten an animated picture nomination. Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit should have gotten a best actress nomination instead of best supporting actress. Maybe they didn't want to nominate someone so young for best actress. I hope that she wins in her category. It was really her movie with Jeff Bridges as a supporting actor.