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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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  • No film has won best picture without having garnered a best adapted screenplay or best original screenplay nomination since “Titanic” (1997). Therefore, it is highly likely that the eventual best picture winner will not be: “Black Swan.”
  • Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”) becomes just the 7th female producer to be solely nominated for best picture. (All other female producers were co-nominees.)
  • Toy Story 3” becomes the 3rd animated film to be nominated for best picture.
    • The others were: “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), in the era of 5 best picture nominees, and “Up” (2009), in the era of 10 best picture nominees.
  • Amy Adams and Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) become the 32nd set of co-stars to be nominated in the best supporting actress category.
    • In only 10 prior instances (32%) did one win the award over the other(s).
  • This year, for the first time since 2000, there is not a single person of color among the acting and directing nominees.
  • Javier Bardem (“Biutiful”) has given only the 34th performance delivered largely or entirely in a foreign language (Spanish, in his case) to be nominated for an acting Oscar.
    • Bardem also gave one of the prior 33, a decade ago, in “Before Night Falls” (2003), for which he also received a best actor nod.
  • Mike Leigh (“Another Year”) receives his fifth best original screenplay nomination — despite the fact that he has never actually written a screenplay!
    • As Leigh explained to me, “That’s just a question of me sitting down with a DVD and writing it down on paper after the film’s completely finished.”

Photo: Mo’Nique and Tom Sherak announce the nominees. Credit: ABC News.

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    CORRECTION: No film has won best picture without having garnered a best director nomination since “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989). Therefore, it is highly likely that the eventual best picture winner will be one of the following films: “The Social Network,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Fighter,” “Black Swan,” or “True Grit” (and not “Inception“).

  • Macwhat

    “Rose DeWitt Butaker in “Titanic” (1997)”—- how is this character winning an Oscar for more than one actor?

    • Anonymous

      Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart both played her.

      • Macwhat

        Wow, that is really a fine double-barrelled trivia question and answer.

  • ljdean

    “Jeff Bridges (“True Grit”) makes Rooster Cogburn the 16th character to earn more than one person an Oscar nod
    “CORRECTION – What about Henry II in “Becket” and “The Lion in Winter” both times played by Peter O’Toole ?

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  • Wouldn’t Colin Firth be the 27th person to earn two consecutive Best Actor nominations since his name comes after Jeff Bridges, who also managed to do it this year?

  • Lilacismycolor

    scott, i think eisenberg is one of the youngest best oscar nominee now.

  • Scott, in the list of actors with at least two consecutive Best Actor nominations, you have Colin Firth, but there’s Jeff Bridges too.

  • I agree with you in regarding to “Alice in Wonderland” snub in Best make-up and Best original score nominees

    • Rungirlsl

      What a joke that Alice wasn’t nominated for best makeup. It just proves that the Academy Awards are nothing but a popularity contest and has little to do with true talent.

  • Din371

    lost respect of the OSCAR after awarding Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry as BEST ACTRESS…..

  • Yvette

    So happy for Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Croeneweth for best cinematography! I have to admit I was happy Mila Kunis was left off.

  • exackerly

    I’m wondering if Social Network wasn’t released a little bit too early — has it run out of steam already? It seems like the kind of picture that everybody talks about for a couple of weeks, then after they’ve talked about it, they move on to another topic. Also, it’s not a “feel good” picture, more like a “what am I supposed to be feeling?” picture.

    Whereas the King’s Speech is a classic Oscar pic, with great production values in every department. And no question that it makes people feel good.

    Just speculating…

    • exackerly

      And PS the lack of supporting actor nominations for Social Network is not a good sign. Especially considering Jesse Eisenberg is a real long shot in his category.

  • What is wrong with HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS being an Oscar nominee? In case you’ve been away from Earth for the past 3 months, the film garnered mostly positive reviews from the critics and audiences alike. Do not confuse it with Razzie-worthy stuff.

  • Crimmel

    I feel like Somewhere is one of those iconic films people will look back on and see it in a completely different way than the people of the time.

  • Scott

    Pacino was nominated for Best Actor in 1973, 1974 and 1975 (streak omitted from your article)

    • Thanks for pointing out that omission — because that streak of his began with a supporting nod in 1972, I overlooked it — it’s now been corrected above though!