On the top of the heap this year is “The King’s Speech”. The saga of the stammering King of England grabbed 12 nominations including best picture and acting honors for the three main actors, Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush.
The biggest contender in the the best picture category is “The Social Network”. The Facebook drama won best drama at the Golden Globes, but “The King’s Speech” won the Producers Guild of America Awards top prize last weekend.
There are other movies nominated, but it is unlikely any of those will win. This author does tip her hat to the Academy for nominating “Toy Story 3″ for best picture. While animated movies do have their own category, some are good enough to break from their constraints and rise above the pack. It also makes “Toy Story 3″ the top grossing best picture nominee of the year. By a lot.
What’s an Oscar article without listing the snubs? Christopher Nolan was ignored for best director for “Inception”, though he did get a nod for best screenplay.
In a transparent appeal to a younger audience, Anne Hathaway and James Franco are set to host.