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2011  Oscar  Awards
Nominations were announced 25 January 2011; polls closed 22 February;
the 83rd Academy Awards show was televised 27 February 2011 on ABC-TV
from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood

complete listings of 2011 Academy Awards for films of 2010
A.M.P.A.S. site  •   Internet Movie Database

British period drama "The King's Speech" leads with twelve Oscar nominations, the Coen Brothers's Western "True Grit" has ten, "The Social Network" and "Inception" have eight each, "The Fighter" has seven, "127 Hours" has six, and "Black Swan" and "Toy Story 3" have five each.

ten nominations for Best Motion Picture of The Year
"127 Hours", "Black Swan", "The Fighter", "Inception", "The Kids Are All Right", "The King's Speech",
"The Social Network", "Toy Story 3", "True Grit" by the Coen Brothers, and "Winter's Bone"

Best Achievement in Directing
Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"
Joel & Ethan Coen, "True Grit"
David Fincher, "The Social Network"
Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech"
David O. Russell, "The Fighter"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem, "Biutiful"
Jeff Bridges, "True Grit"
Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"
James Franco, "127 Hours"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right"
Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"
Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"
Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
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 Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, "The Fighter"
Helena Bonham Carter, "The King's Speech"
Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"
Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit"
Jacki Weaver, "Animal Kingdom"

Best Foreign Language Film of The Year
"Biutiful" [Mexico]
"Dogtooth" [Greece]
"In A Better World" [Denmark]
"Incendies" [Canada]
"Outside The Law" [Algeria]

Best Adapted Screenplay
Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy for "127 Hours"
Aaron Sorkin for "The Social Network"
Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich for "Toy Story 3"
Joel & Ethan Coen for "True Grit"
Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini for "Winter's Bone"

Best Original Screenplay
Mike Leigh for "Another Year"
Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson & Keith Dorrington for "The Fighter"
Christopher Nolan for "Inception"
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg for "The Kids Are All Right"
David Seidler for "The King's Speech"

Best Animated Feature Film
"How To Train Your Dragon", "The Illusionist" by Sylvain Chomet (based on a script
by Jacques Tati) & "Toy Story 3"

Best Documentary Feature Film
"Exit Through The Gift Shop", "Gasland", "Inside Job", "Restrepo" & "Waste Land"

And the winner is...

"The King's Speech" won the Best Picture Oscar in 2011  "The King's Speech" [2010]
led the Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nominations
full credits from IMDb king's speech dvd

2011 acting Oscar winners {l-r} Christian Bale, for "The Fighter"; Natalie Portman, for "Black Swan"; Melissa Leo, for "The Fighter"; and Colin Firth, for "The King's Speech"

"The American" [Focus Features Sept 2010]
The American 2010 movie starring George Clooney  PREDICTION 9/2010: Roger Ebert compares the film to Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Samourai" [1967], but for me it resonates more with Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" [1960]. The direction is superb, the script is as clean as the rifle that Jack constructs – figure Oscar noms for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and for the cinematography of Martin Ruhe.
This is a noir love story. A professional assassin's attempt to kill an American in Sweden is unsuccessful; he flees to Italy and hides out in a mountaintop village. He is a maker of illegal weapons, and can trust no one, not even the beautiful prostitute who has fallen in love with him. Co-produced by & starring George Clooney; directed by Anton Corbijn; script by Rowan Joffe, based on a novel by Martin Booth; also starring Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli, Johan Leysen, Bruce Altman, Irina Björklund, Samuli Vauramo, Filippo Timi & Björn Granath — goldurned Academy: not even one Oscar nomination!
Focus Features widescreen color Blu-ray [6/2011] 2 disks for $14.14
Focus Features widescreen color DVD [6/2011] for $5.95
11"x17" orange poster from Amazon for $9.84
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
Very Private Gentleman novel by Martin Booth  
"A Very Private Gentleman: A Novel" [2004] by Martin Booth
Picador 8x5½ movie tie-in pb [8/2010] for $10.08
Picador 8x5½ pb [1/2005] for $12.24
Thomas Dunne Books 8¾x5¾ hardcover [1/2004] out of print/used

"Black Swan" [2010]
Directed by Darren Aronofsky; starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis & Vincent Cassel
full credits from IMDb

"Burlesque" [Sony Nov 2010]
poster for 2010 "Burlesque" musical film  PREDICTION 11/2010: There may not be an Oscar® for Best Musical, but other awards shows will hand out such to this excellent movie fairy tale; likely Oscar noms for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Song (several show-stoppers by Cher & Aguilera) — RESULT: not even one Oscar nomination!.
The owner of the Burlesque Lounge on the Sunset Strip fends off endless artistic and financial challenges, including pressure to sell out to a developer, but things start to improve when she hires a farm girl as a waitress and discovers that the girl is quite talented. Written & directed by Steven Antin; cinematography by Bojan Bazelli; starring Cher, Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell, Cam Gigandet, Stanley Tucci, Peter Gallagher & Eric Dane; won Golden Globe & Satellite Awards for Best Original Song
Screen Gems widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD combo [3/2011] 2 disks for $14.99
Screen Gems widescreen color DVD [3/2011] for $9.96
R.C.A. soundtrack CD [11/2010] 10 tracks for $9.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie site

"The Fighter" [2010]
led the Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nominations
full credits from IMDb

"GasLand" documentary film [H.B.O. broadcast June 2010]
Gasland documentary by Josh Fox on oil fracking pollution  Halliburton developed a way to get rock-bound natural gas out of the ground, a hydraulic drilling process called 'fracking', and suddenly America finds itself becoming an energy superpower. The downside? The drilling companies are polluting underground water aquifers, some of which deliver so much pollution into homes that you can light a flame to the water coming out of the kitchen tap. Co-produced, written & directed by Josh Fox; featuring energy exec Aubrey K. McClendon and archive footage of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Richard Nixon, T. Boone Pickens & Pete Seeger; nominated for Best Documentary Feature Oscar and for W.G.A. Best Documentary Screenplay, won Emmy Award for Nonfiction Programming, won Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, won Special Jury Prize at Sarasota Film Festival, won Environmental Media Award
Docurama color DVD [12/2010] for $13.46
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

"Inside Job" [Sony Pictures Classics Oct 2010]
won Oscar for Best Documentary Feature  Inside Job documentary film by Charles Ferguson  "If you're not enraged by the end of this movie, [then] you haven't been paying attention."
— Mary & Richard Corliss, in Time Magazine

A comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, thru exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists & academics. Co-produced, written & directed by Charles Ferguson; narrated by Matt Damon; featuring Congressman Barney Frank, Raghuram Rajan, Nouriel Roubini, George Soros, Eliot Spitzer, Paul Volcker, many others; won Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, D.G.A. & W.G.A. Awards, New York Film Critics Circle Award
Sony Pictures Classics widescreen color DVD [3/2011] for $14.99
credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"The Kids Are All Right" [2010]
full credits from IMDb

"Secretariat" [Disney Sept 2010]
Disney's 2010 movie "Secretariat"  PREDICTION 11/2010: Just plain excellent movie-making; expect Oscar noms for Best Picture, Best Script, Best Cinematography, and Best Actor noms for Diane Lane & John Malkovich. The true story of a woman with a family in Colorado who inherits her father's Virginia horse farm and the new colt that she trains to capture horseracing's Triple Crown, with a record-busting win at Belmont that still stands after 37 years; location filming in Louisiana & Kentucky. Directed by Randall Wallace; 'suggested' by a book by William Nack; screenplay by Mike Rich; cinematography by Dean Semler; starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale, Nelsan Ellis, Otto Thorwarth, Fred Dalton Thompson, James Cromwell, Scott Glenn & Dylan Walsh; not even one Oscar nomination!
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie site

Secretariat / Champion book by William Nack  "Secretariat: The Making of A Champion" [1975]
by William Nack

Hyperion movie tie-in 8x5 pb [8/2010] for $8.52
Da Capo Press 8¼x5½ pb [4/2002] out of print/used

Secretariat's official siteSecretariat's entry at Wikipedia

"The Social Network"
[Relativity Media / Columbia Oct 2010]
Social Network 2010 movie poster  PREDICTION 10/2010: The structure & direction of the film are excellent, and the editing looks a lot like functions on the web, such as Flash; look for Oscar noms for Best Director, Best Script, and for Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg.
"You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies": The story of the college student who created the Facebook phenomenon and six years later became the youngest billionaire in history. Directed by David Fincher; based on the book by Ben Mezrich; starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Brenda Song, Rashida Jones, Max Minghella, Rooney Mara & Joseph Mazzello
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
Accidental Billionaires / Founding of Facebook book by Ben Mezrich  "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook - A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal" [2009 bestseller] by Ben Mezrich
Without access to central figure Mark Zuckerberg, the author fictionalized many important parts of the story, as well as sensationalizing college life; the result is a questionable but nonetheless exciting tale.
Anchor 8¼x6 pb [5/2010] for $10.85
Doubleday 9¼x6 hardcover [7/2009] for $16.50

"How Did They Ever Make A Movie of Facebook?" documentary [2011]
Strangely, this docufilm is not listed on IMDb, but IMDb has links for viewing it (in four parts); released February
2011 in Sherman Oaks, CA as part of pre-Oscar promotions for "The Social Network"; directed by David Prior
Part 1: CommencementPart 2: BostonPart 3: Los AngelesPart 4: The Lot

“The Tempest” [Touchstone Pictures Dec 2010]
Co-produced, written & directed by Julie Taymor; based on the play by Wm. Shakespeare; starring Helen Mirren
{as Prospera}, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper, Ben Whishaw,
David Strathairn, Felicity Jones & Tom Conti
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"True Grit" [Paramount Dec 2010]
True Grit 2010 remake by the Coen Brothers  PREDICTION 12/2010: Lots of 'Oscar buzz' on this film, especially for the actress Hailee Steinfeld.
The remake is based directly on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis, rather than on the 1969 John Wayne film. Location filming at Austin, Blanco & Granger in Texas, and at Buena Vista Ranch, Charles R Ranch, Cristobal Ranch, Pecos, Santa Clara Pueblo, and Garson Studios in New Mexico. A 14-year-old farm girl hires reprobate U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn to track down her father's killer, and forces him to take her along. Co-produced, adapted & directed by Joel & Ethan Coen; starring Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin & Barry Pepper
Paramount Pictures widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD combo [6/2011] 2 disks for $19.99
Paramount Pictures widescreen color DVD [6/2011] for $9.99
Nonesuch soundtrack CD [12/2010] 20 tracks for $14.09
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie site
True Grit novel by Charles Portis  "True Grit: A Novel" [1968] by Charles Portis
First serialized in Saturday Evening Post Magazine in 1968, then published in slightly-altered book form. Elderly spinster Mattie Ross tells of her long-ago quest at age fourteen to avenge her father's death with the help of a U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger.
Overlook Trade 8x5½ pb [8/2007] for $10.17
Overlook Trade pb [12/2002] out of print/used
S&S 8¼x5¾ hardcover [6/68] out of print/many used
book entry at Wikipedia

"Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps"
[Fox Sept 2010]
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps movie poster  PREDICTION 12/2009: The entire production will be top-notch, so figure noms for Best Picture, Best Director & more. REVISION 10/2010: Having now seen the film, Oliver Stone loses consideration because he cannot help lecturing; still possible for Oscar noms for Best Script, and for actors Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas & Carey Mulligan A young Wall Street trader teams up with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming financial doom, and to bring to justice the person responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor. Co-produced by Edward R. Pressman, Oliver Stone & Michael Douglas; directed by Oliver Stone; starring Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon, Charlie Sheen, Josh Brolin & Frank Langella, cameo by Nouriel Roubini; not even one Oscar nomination!
Fox widescreen color Blu-ray [12/2010] for $22.99
Fox widescreen color DVD [12/2010] 2 disks for $15.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
'G.O.P. Meltdown' Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

"--" [2010]
full credits from IMDb

Screen World Volume 62 / Films of 2010 book edited by Barry Monush  
"Screen World Volume 62: The Films of 2010" [2011]
Edited by Barry Monush

Applause Books 9¼x7¾ hardcover [11/2011] for $39.48

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