Oscar Nominations 2011: A Good Morning for "The King's Speech" and "True Grit"

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Jan. 25 2011 9:14 AM

Oscar Nominations 2011: A Good Morning for "The King's Speech" and "True Grit"

The nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards were announced today at 8:30 am ET, in a ceremony co-hosted by last year's best supporting actress, Mo'Nique.

The King's Speech despite its  historical inaccuracies had a big morning, leading the pack with 12 nominations.  True Grit  surprised with 10, and  Inception  and  The Social Network  followed with eight apiece.

There were no huge snubs this year, but a few hotly tipped performances didn't make the cut, particularly in the supporting actor and actress categories:  The Social Network 's Andrew Garfield,  Black Swan 's Mila Kunis, and  Another Year 's Lesley Manville all missed out.

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Michelle Williams got a surprise best actress nomination for  Blue Valentine , but her co-star Ryan Gosling couldn't elbow his way into a crowded best actor field. Along with the three predicted shoe-ins in that category James Franco ( 127 Hours ), Jesse Eisenberg ( The Social Network ), and man-to-beat Colin Firth ( The King's Speech ) Jeff Bridges and Javier Bardem got nods for  True Grit  and  Biutiful . In his post-announcement analysis , Entertainment Weekly 's Dave Karger noted that Bardem is the first actor to be nominated in this category for a performance conducted entirely in Spanish.

At least eight of the Best Picture nominees  have been considered locks for some time  now. The final two slots went to  127 Hours  and  Winter's Bone . Tough luck,  The Town .

Filmmakers who are running around Park City today may be cheered to know that Debra Granik's 2010 Sundance hit, the Ozark drama Winter's Bone , got four big nominations: Not just the expected Best Actress nod for Jennifer Lawrence, but also best supporting actor for John Hawkes (who played scary-protective uncle Teardrop) and best adapted screenplay.

 

Also in Slate: Test your punditry skills with Oscars Lean/Lock , Slate's Academy Award predictions game. Read a conversation between Dana Stevens and Troy Patterson about this year's crop of nominees.

Nina Shen Rastogi is a writer and editor, and is also the vice president for content at Figment.