WEEKLY WRAP: Nomination week

Posted by · 6:16 am · January 29th, 2011

In case you’ve just emerged from a coma, “The King’s Speech” led the Oscar nominations on Tuesday with 12 bids.

“The King’s Speech” was also the surprise winner at the Producers’ Guild Awards, drastically shaking up the Best Picture race.

In the wake of these developments, Kris adjusted his winner predictions accordingly.

In a special mid-week edition of Oscar Talk, Guy and indieWIRE’s Peter Knegt joined Kris and Anne to break down the nominations.

Guy put his happy face on as he rounded up his personal highlights of the nomination list.

In Tech Support, Gerard gathered his thoughts on the below-the-line nominees.

We launched our annual Oscar Guide feature, sizing up (and inviting your thoughts on) the Best Supporting Actress, Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song races.

If you’re wondering how we did, Off the Carpet collected Kris and the team’s final nominee predictions.

Veering far from the Academy’s choices, Guy compiled his own two-part ideal nominee ballot.

Two days before clocking up her second Oscar nod, Best Actress frontrunner Natalie Portman also topped the US box office.

While people continue to debate the social significance of “The Social Network,” we considered the accusations of factual distortion being levelled at “The King’s Speech.”

And on a happier note, we celebrated an overdue first Oscar nomination for actor Mark Ruffalo.

[Photo: Oscar.com]




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  • 1 1-29-2011 at 9:25 am

    Louis said...

    No offense but I think it’s likely that this whole King’s Speech versus Social Network “race” is completely fabricated by the many people who have nothing to do with their lives this time of the year unless there is a race. Being a movie about college students programming a website, would it not make sense that The Social Network get less nominations? How could it ever get Best Costume for Harvard Hoodies, Best Sound Mixing for Keyboard Typing, or Best Art Direction for a college frat house? What makes sense though, is that it wins best Editing and best Director – see who won these two in previous years and you’ll recognize the past Best Picture winners. The PGA was a nice diversion but the only reason why The King’s Speech has more nominations is because it’s a period piece and thus becomes elligible to compete in more categories, not because it’s more loved by the Academy.

  • 2 1-29-2011 at 9:49 am

    Andrej said...

    Louis:

    “Being a movie about college students programming a website, would it not make sense that The Social Network get less nominations? How could it ever get Best Costume for Harvard Hoodies, Best Sound Mixing for Keyboard Typing, or Best Art Direction for a college frat house?”

    That’s a very shortsighted point of view.

    “The PGA was a nice diversion but the only reason why The King’s Speech has more nominations is because it’s a period piece and thus becomes elligible to compete in more categories, not because it’s more loved by the Academy.”

    What about Inception or Black Swan, then? Those movies could have gone all the way and match at least True Grit’s 10 nods.

    But I agree that TSN wasn’t going to lead the nods, it just took what it needed to get an appropiate win. But saying that ‘keyboard typing’ it’s all there is to that movie’s sound mixing is a critical mistake, and so with the other fields you mention.

  • 3 1-29-2011 at 10:51 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Let’s take out the tech nods.

    Oh, wait, TKS still has more nods than TSN. 6 to 4.

    Pointless argument.

  • 4 1-29-2011 at 10:51 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    And it’s more loved by the Academy because when you talk to members that’s simply what you hear.

  • 5 1-29-2011 at 10:56 am

    red_wine said...

    And its a pretty decent film by any standard.
    I would not grudge it the Best Picture award.

  • 6 1-29-2011 at 11:20 am

    Mark said...

    Tapley just rinsed you louis.

  • 7 1-29-2011 at 11:32 am

    Louis said...

    Hi Andrej – I pushed it a bit too far with the keyboard typing, let me backpedal a bit and be apologetic about it, but my point was that the film’s premise made it very difficult to compete in certain categories.

    Hi Kris – The Social Network did not have any strong female characters written for it (Rooney Mara wasn’t gonna pull a Judi Dench, let’s face it) so TSN was at a disadvantage again here with only two of the four acting noms within its reach. TKS was lucky enough to shine in three categories from the get go. This might just be my ignorant opinion here… I believe The Social Network is still favorite to win in the categories that make or break the Best Picture decision every year (Editing/Director/Screenplay being the strongest).

    Singing praise to the number of nominations is what’s always been pointless to me.

  • 8 1-29-2011 at 11:33 am

    Louis said...

    Hi Mark – I know he tends to do that sometimes, but isn’t that the very reason why we keep coming back this site? :)

  • 9 1-29-2011 at 11:43 am

    Speaking English said...

    Louis, you do realize that “The Social Network” was nominated for Best Sound Mixing?

  • 10 1-29-2011 at 11:53 am

    Louis said...

    Hi SpeakingEnglish – I shall apologize twice about my sound comment then. Gulp!

  • 11 1-29-2011 at 1:52 pm

    Graysmith said...

    The funniest thing I read this week was something similar to the discussion above, where some “writer” was saying how out of touch the Academy was because an old-fashioned movie like The King’s Speech got 12 nominations and an in-the-moment film like The Social Network only got 8.. Just completely ignoring that one’s a period piece and those films have ALWAYS been the ones that get the most nominations because contemporary films rarely get Art Direction, Costume Design, etc. nominations. It was seriously the most incompetent article I’ve read about the Oscars in a good long while. Needless to say, the guy probably wasn’t particularly knowledgable in the subject.

  • 12 1-29-2011 at 3:16 pm

    Louis said...

    My summary of this discussion is that all Hollywood is suddenly jumping on TKS bandwagon because Spider-man didn’t get nominated. The 6 to4 that Kris Tapley mentioned, minus Bonham Carter cuz there were no women in TSN. Conclusion: they’ll find any excuse to jump on any bandwagon year after year.

  • 13 1-29-2011 at 3:18 pm

    red_wine said...

    I would say Social Network was the bandwagon. TKS is the alternative that people are trying out now.

  • 14 1-29-2011 at 4:04 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “My summary of this discussion is that all Hollywood is suddenly jumping on TKS bandwagon because Spider-man didn’t get nominated.”

    Your summary is misinformed. The “bandwagon-jumping” has to do, mainly, with reactions to the films from those who vote. Oh, and the fact that TSN was whipped on a preferential ballot by TKS at the PGA.

  • 15 1-29-2011 at 4:11 pm

    Louis said...

    Well, you made a very good case about screenings reactions to The White Ribbon last year being so-so and you were right on the money. Didn’t they all react more enthusiastically to Little Miss Sunshine a couple years back as opposed to The Departed (along with a PGA win)?

  • 16 1-29-2011 at 5:18 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    What makes sense though, is that it wins best Editing and best Director – see who won these two in previous years and you’ll recognize the past Best Picture winners.

    Except when you don’t. Traffic, Saving Private Ryan, Born on the Fourth of July, Cabaret — all films than won those two awards and came up empty in the Best Picture category. When it comes to the Oscars, arguing in absolutes is pointless.

  • 17 1-29-2011 at 5:18 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It’s easier the gauge foreign film screenings, mind you, because it’s a much smaller group of people voting on them.

    2006 was a total dead heat going into the race. You could find supporters of each film. I hung it out there for “Letters from Iwo Jima,” but in the end, the Marty thing pushed “The Departed” all the way through.

  • 18 1-29-2011 at 5:33 pm

    Louis said...

    I definitely agree Guy that there are no absolutes, only trends – except perhaps that terrible movies never win their odd nomination in Makeup (aka Norbit). We’ll know for sure tonight, but I think Fincher has proved over the years that he is worthy of being officially recognized, and that will tip Best Picture in the hands of The Social Network.

  • 19 1-29-2011 at 5:53 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Hey, has anyone realized this is the first year since 2005 that a single film hasn’t had multiple nominations in the Best Original Song category? Kinda neat.

  • 20 1-29-2011 at 6:10 pm

    Andrej said...

    Yeah, I was thinking about that the other day. Neat, indeed, despite being a predictable bunch of songs and just being four instead of five.

  • 21 1-30-2011 at 12:39 am

    Louis said...

    Hooper wins DGA. A mere diversion, meh :s