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Thursday
Jun162011

Academy Changes Best Picture Nomination Process

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- After expanding the number of nominees in the Best Picture category to 10 movies in 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is shrinking that number again...or maybe not.

In a vote on Tuesday, the Academy's Board of Governors approved a new nominating system that will result in anywhere from five to 10 movies earning top picture nominations.  The new system is designed to add an element of surprise to the proceedings as well as to ensure that those movies that earn nominations are really those that voters consider most worthy, according to the Academy.

“A Best Picture nomination should be an indication of extraordinary merit," retiring Academy executive director Bruce Davis, who spearheaded the change, said in a statement.  "If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given year, we shouldn’t feel an obligation to round out the number.”

The change comes in response to a study commissioned by the Academy, which looked at nomination voting over the last decade.  In response to that study, the Academy's governors decided that in order to earn a nomination, a movie must receive at least five percent of the first-place votes cast during nominations.

If the new system had been in place from 2001 to 2008 -- before the expansion to a slate of 10 -- there would have been years that yielded five, six, seven, eight and nine Best Picture nominees, the Academy noted.

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Sunday
Feb272011

Academy Awards 2011: List of Oscar Nominations

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The 83rd annual Academy Awards show is Sunday night at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Here are the nominees in the major categories:

Best Picture

The Fighter
The King's Speech
Black Swan
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
The Kids Are All Right
Inception
127 Hours
Winter's Bone

Best Actor
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
James Franco, 127 Hours
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit

Best Actress
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress

Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Director
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Coen Brothers, True Grit
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network
127 Hours
True Grit
Toy Story 3
Winter's Bone


Best Original Screenplay

Inception
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Kids Are All Right
Another Year


Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist


Best Foreign Language Film
Biutiful
Dogtooth
In a Better World
Incendies
Outside the Law


Best Original Score

The Social Network
How to Train Your Dragon
Inception
The King's Speech
127 Hours


Best Original Song
"Coming Home," from Country Strong
"I See the Light," from Tangled
"If I Rise," from 127 Hours
"We Belong Together," from Toy Story 3

Best Sound Mixing
Inception
The King's Speech
Salt
The Social Network
True Grit


Best Sound Editing

Inception
Toy Story 3
Tron: Legacy
True Grit
Unstoppable


Best Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
Inception
The King's Speech
True Grit


Best Cinematography
Black Swan
Inception
The King's Speech
The Social Network
True Grit


Best Visual Effects
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2


Best Film Editing
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network


Best Costumes
Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King's Speech
The Tempest
True Grit


Best Makeup

The Way Back
The Wolfman

Best Documentary Feature
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Gasland
Inside Job
Restrepo
Waste Land


Best Documentary (Short Subject)
Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang


Best Animated Short Film
Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let's Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage


Best Live Action Short Film
The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143


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Thursday
Feb242011

Las Vegas Oddsmaker: 'The King's Speech' Is Favorite to Win Best Picture Oscar

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Odds are The King's Speech will win big at this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. Las Vegas oddsmaker John Avello lists the film, which has a leading 12 nominations, as the favorite to win best picture, and star Colin Firth the favorite to win best actor. Avello says, "I believe if The King's Speech gets on one of those rolls, like they can during an Oscar night, it could win at least five, possibly six."

Avello also believes Black Swan star Natalie Portman is the frontrunner to win best actress; The Fighter co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo are the leaders in the supporting actor and actress categories; and The Social Network director David Fincher is the favorite to win best director.

Don't expect Winter's Bone to pick up major hardware at the ceremony. Avello says it's the least likely film to win best picture.

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Tuesday
Jan252011

'The King's Speech' Leads Oscar Nominations

Colin Firth as King George VI in "The King's Speech." Photo Courtesy - The Weinstein Company/Momentum Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- It'll be a showdown between the veddy British and the very American at this year's Oscars.

The King's Speech, the true story of how England's King George VI overcame his stutter, leads all nominees for the Academy Award with 12 nods, but True Grit, the Coen Brothers' re-imagining of the classic Western, is close behind with 10 nods.  Inception and The Social Network each have eight nods, and The Fighter earned seven.

Here are the nominations in the top categories:

Best Picture
The Fighter
The King's Speech
Black Swan
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
The Kids Are All Right
Inception
127 Hours
Winter's Bone


Best Actor
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
James Franco, 127 Hours
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit

Best Actress
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawks, Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jackie Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Director
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Coen Brothers, True Grit
David O. Russell, The Fighter

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