‘Black Swan’ leads Online Film Critics Society noms

Posted by · 8:58 am · December 27th, 2010

The nominations list just announced by the OFCS features most of the expected names, but with a few welcome twists: nice to see Edgar Ramírez and LAFCA winner Kim Hye-ja lending some international flavor in the lead acting categories, while the Best Original Screenplay bid for “Greenberg” cuts pleasingly against the grain.

Interesting, too, to see “The King’s Speech” missing out in the top race, where both “Winter’s Bone” and “Toy Story 3” have a home. (No autopilot nod for Helena Bonham-Carter, either.) Bonus points for a Best Foreign Language Film race that finally reflects the widespread critical adoration for “Dogtooth” (over “I Am Love,” to boot). There’s even a treat for all you “Scott Pilgrim” fans.

Full list of nominees at The Circuit.

[Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures]




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  • 1 12-27-2010 at 9:12 am

    Joe Kerr said...

    Toy Story 3 isn’t posted on their website for best picture.

    Hopefully it has been nominated i’m just asking.

  • 2 12-27-2010 at 9:27 am

    JJ1 said...

    Guess they weren’t wild about TKS. Strange, still at 96% RT and 88 Metacritic.

  • 3 12-27-2010 at 9:47 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Every now and then the Online Film Critics Society will single out some really unique, interesting winners. Seeing them pick Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for Best Picture (keep in mind Sideways was nabbing most of the critical kudos at the time), Michelle Williams for Best Actress, Mickey Rourke for Best Supporting Actor and The Fountain for Best Original Score in previous years makes me look forward to their awards.

    On the other hand, they should be shamed, as I (and thankfully many more) have shamed others, for considering Steinfeld as “supporting.” No, I am not going to stop beating this drum, not until AT LEAST the critical establishment regains their damn senses on this bullshit.

  • 4 12-27-2010 at 10:54 am

    Paul8148 said...

    I can see her getting into the top five lead actress with the acemedy, and Manville in supporting via brits voter being aware where she should be.

  • 5 12-27-2010 at 11:04 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    “brits voter being aware where she should be”

    “Should” is a pretty grey area. As far as this Brit is concerned, she’s 100% a lead.

  • 6 12-27-2010 at 12:01 pm

    Alex in Movieland said...

    word has come out that Natalie Portman is pregnant AND engaged!

    that will definitely not hurt her Oscar campaign :P

  • 7 12-27-2010 at 12:13 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Pretty good choices, but their picks are usually a bit more “contrarian” than this.. But I guess this is the year of the pack mentality.

  • 8 12-27-2010 at 12:14 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Guy, you consider Manville Lead and Kris considers her Supporting. Is there any leeway, as far a you’re concerned (either way)?

  • 9 12-27-2010 at 12:20 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Well, clearly there is leeway — it’s all in the eye of the beholder. From where I’m standing, it’s a three-lead film.

    After all, if Manville is supporting, where does that leave the wonderful Karina Fernandez or Imelda Staunton?

  • 10 12-27-2010 at 1:18 pm

    Fitz said...

    I’d really like to see some organization nominate Steinfeld as Leading.

  • 11 12-27-2010 at 1:45 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Fitz, I’ve seen Steinfeld come up nominated Lead a few times now. Though, I’m sorry, I can’t pin point in my mind right now where they were. Help, anyone?

  • 12 12-27-2010 at 3:33 pm

    Andrew Rech said...

    Yay Kim Hye-ja! I just recently caught up with watching Mother, and was amazed by her fleshy, nervy but ultimately extremely moving performance. I wonder if she’ll be this years Yolande Moreau, I could see her picking up the NSFC.

  • 13 12-27-2010 at 4:00 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Maybe I’m the only one here, but I don’t quite get why “Black Swan” always pops up in Original Screenplay. The writing is fine, but why is it a frontrunner? It’s much more of a director’s picture.

    I’m also surprised at absolutely no mention of “The Fighter” for writing. I thought the script was dynamite.

  • 14 12-27-2010 at 4:04 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’m with you there.

  • 15 12-27-2010 at 4:41 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Black Swan – I think the story is great, but some of the dialogue is sketchy. And it IS a director’s movie.

    The Fighter – I think the dialogue and acting is better than the story, as written.

    I loved both films, though.

    If I were to pick a preference on script, it would be Black Swan, barely (for it’s memorable, twisted story).

  • 16 12-27-2010 at 4:42 pm

    JJ1 said...

    And though some of the dialogue in Black Swan IS hokey/kitschy/sketchy – it’s all a part of the genius madness of the story.

  • 17 12-27-2010 at 5:46 pm

    Maxim said...

    It pains me to say this, because I do like the film, but the critics have collectively chosen a wrong Aronofsky film to honor.

    All of that collective goodwill, it’s being chanelled into a wrong film.

  • 18 12-27-2010 at 5:47 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Interesting. I’m inclined to agree, as much as I like the film.

  • 19 12-27-2010 at 5:47 pm

    Maxim said...

    If I was to award the film one Oscar though, I’d give it to Andrew Weisblum for Eiditing. He did a masterful job.

  • 20 12-27-2010 at 6:07 pm

    mikhael said...

    IF the scenario plays that Hailee is Supporting, i think the best supporting actress category is pretty mush settled on like that until next year.

    and for best actor i can see that Gosling is in and that leaves the last spot for either Robert Duvall or Jeff Bridges.

  • 21 12-27-2010 at 6:14 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I can’t see Melissa Leo not taking Supporting Actress. I just… can’t.

    Which brings me to two little cool bits of potential Oscar trivia:

    – Considering both Leo and Adams are nominated for “The Fighter,” this will be the third year in a row two supporting actresses from one film got in (2008 – Amy Adams and Viola Davis; 2009 – Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga)

    – If both Leo and Bale win their respective Supporting categories, it will be the first time such a thing has happened in 24 years (Michael Caine and Dianne Wiest in “Hannah and Her Sisters”).

    Yeah. I enjoy these things. :)

  • 22 12-27-2010 at 7:20 pm

    red_wine said...

    I think Black Swan is kinda horrid, so I don’t agree with its critical kudos at all, specially a writing nom is offensive since I thought the writing was probably the worst part of the film.

    I never thought I would say this but I actually think Inception is better than Black Swan.

  • 23 12-28-2010 at 10:35 am

    Iamthenewblack said...

    Black Swan is extremely polarizing I happen to stand on the I love it camp and I liked Inception but I found the actors to be really throwaway, it was really Christopher Nolan’s show and he created an intricate and beautifully made movie. Black Swan on the other hand was extremely intense almost to the point absurdity. But I think Aronofsky walks that line so well, The way it was shot, Portman’s crazy-good performance , Kunis’ and Cassel’s great work and of course Libatique and Aronofsky. Black Swan was an experience unlike anything else I’ve ever seen, imo nothing I have seen this year gave me the feeling of just exhaustion after it was done.

  • 24 12-28-2010 at 5:00 pm

    mikhael said...

    Haven’t seen The Illusionist, but I think the third best Animation this year is Summer Wars.

  • 25 12-28-2010 at 5:29 pm

    Jimena said...

    Agree with those that disagree with the critical praise of Black Swan. The movie is too hysterical and completely over the top. However, I didn’t get any sense of self-awareness about the ridiculousness of it all. Would like to see it get some sort of backlash but it looks like it’s going to be the darling of this year.

  • 26 12-28-2010 at 5:42 pm

    Maxim said...

    Jimena, I may critic the film (and really my main criticism about it is that I though the Fountain should have been the one film basking in all this glory) but it is certainly not a hysterical. Perfectly within the boundaries of a mindf@ck. You gotta know what you go in for.