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They're Here. The 83rd Oscar Nominations

The Day has arrived, capitals and bold intended.

I'm updated the OSCAR NOMINATION INDEX  so you can look at everything as a complete chart and also see how I did prediction wise. Or you can open up this post to check out the entire list of nominees.

The most interesting responses in terms of nomination levels have to be Black Swan and Inception, neither of which hit Oscar's sweet spot in quite the nomination tally levels people generally expected. Inception missed in director which MUST give Nolan some kind of snub record since he's now been nominated by the DGA three times. Black Swan missed in art direction and sound and costumes all of which, one thinks, should have maybe been givens.

When in doubt remember -- I also forgot -- that Oscar resists genre films when they have traditional drama to nominate instead (The King's Speech)

Complete list of nominees after the jump or you can just see the big chart.


Best motion picture of the year

    * Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production
      Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
    * The Fighter (Paramount) A Relativity Media Production
      David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
    * Inception (Warner Bros.) A Warner Bros. UK Services Production
      Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers)
    * The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features) An Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision and Gilbert Films Production
      Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
    * The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) A See-Saw Films and Bedlam Production
      Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
    * 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) An Hours Production
      Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
    * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) A Columbia Pictures Production
      Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
    * Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) A Pixar Production
      Darla K. Anderson, Producer
    * True Grit (Paramount) A Paramount Pictures Production
      Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
    * Winter's Bone (Roadside Attractions) A Winter's Bone Production
      Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Performance by an actor in a leading role

    * Javier Bardem in "Biutiful" (Roadside Attractions)
    * Jeff Bridges in "True Grit" (Paramount)

    * Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
*Colin Firth in "The King's Speech"
   * James Franco in "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

    * Christian Bale in "The Fighter" (Paramount)
    * John Hawkes in "Winter's Bone" (Roadside Attractions)
    * Jeremy Renner in "The Town" (Warner Bros.)
    * Mark Ruffalo in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features)
    * Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

    * Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features)
    * Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole" (Lionsgate)
    * Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone" (Roadside Attractions)
    * Natalie Portman in "Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight)
    * Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine" (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

    * Amy Adams in "The Fighter" (Paramount)
    * Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
    * Melissa Leo in "The Fighter" (Paramount)
    * Hailee Steinfeld in "True Grit" (Paramount)
    * Jacki Weaver in "Animal Kingdom" (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best animated feature film of the year

    * How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount) Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
    * The Illusionist (Sony Pictures Classics) Sylvain Chomet
    * Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Lee Unkrich

Art Direction

    * Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney), Robert Stromberg (Production Design), Karen O'Hara (Set Decoration)
    * Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.), Stuart Craig (Production Design), Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)
    * Inception (Warner Bros.), Guy Hendrix Dyas (Production Design), Larry Dias and Doug Mowat (Set Decoration)/span>
    * The King's Speech (Paramount), Eve Stewart (Production Design), Judy Farr (Set Decoration)
    * True Grit (Paramount), Jess Gonchor (Production Design), Nancy Haigh (Set Decoration)

Achievement in Cinematography

    * Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Matthew Libatique
    * Inception (Warner Bros.) Wally Pfister
    * The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Danny Cohen
    * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Jeff Cronenweth
    * True Grit (Paramount) Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design

    * Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Colleen Atwood
    * I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures) Antonella Cannarozzi
    * The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Jenny Beavan
    * The Tempest (Miramax) Sandy Powell
    * True Grit (Paramount) Mary Zophres

Achievement in directing

    * Black Swan (Fox Searchlight), Darren Aronofsky
    * The Fighter (Paramount), David O. Russell
    * The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company), Tom Hooper
    * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), David Fincher
    * True Grit (Paramount), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best Documentary Feature

    * Exit through the Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency) Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz A Paranoid Pictures Production
    * Gasland Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic A Gasland Production
    * Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics) Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs A Representational Pictures Production
    * Restrepo (National Geographic Entertainment) Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger An Outpost Films Production
    * Waste Land Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley (Arthouse Films) An Almega Projects Production

WOW. Waiting For 'Superman' was snubbed.

Best documentary short subject

    * Killing in the Name Nominees to be determined A Moxie Firecracker Films Production
    * Poster Girl Nominees to be determined A Portrayal Films Production
    * Strangers No More Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production
    * Sun Come Up Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger A Sun Come Up Production
    * The Warriors of Qiugang Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon A Thomas Lennon Films Production

Achievement in film editing

    * Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Andrew Weisblum
    * The Fighter (Paramount) Pamela Martin
    * The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Tariq Anwar
    * 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Jon Harris
    * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Best foreign language film of the year

    * Biutiful Mexico
    * Dogtooth Greece
    * In a Better World Denmark
    * Incendies Canada
    * Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) Algeria

Achievement in makeup

    * Barney's Version (Sony Pictures Classics) Adrien Morot
    * The Way Back (Newmarket Films in association with Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Image Entertainment) Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
    * The Wolfman (Universal) Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

    * How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount) John Powell
    * Inception (Warner Bros.) Hans Zimmer
    * The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company) Alexandre Desplat
    * 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) A.R. Rahman
    * The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

    * Coming Home from Country Strong (Sony Pictures Releasing (Screen Gems)) Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
    * I See the Light from Tangled (Walt Disney) Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
    * If I Rise from 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
    * We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

NOOOOOoooooo. No Cher performance at the Oscars. I hate the music branch so much. Every freaking year. Although they did nominated Social Network's score so points for that.

Best animated short film

    * Day & Night (Walt Disney) A Pixar Animation Studios Production Teddy Newton
    * The Gruffalo A Magic Light Pictures Production Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
    * Let's Pollute A Geefwee Boedoe Production Geefwee Boedoe
    * The Lost Thing (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment) A Passion Pictures Australia Production Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
    * Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) A Sacrebleu Production Bastien Dubois

Best live action short film

    * The Confession (National Film and Television School) A National Film and Television School Production Tanel Toom
    * The Crush (Network Ireland Television) A Purdy Pictures Production Michael Creagh
    * God of Love A Luke Matheny Production Luke Matheny
    * Na Wewe (Premium Films) A CUT! Production Ivan Goldschmidt
    * Wish 143 A Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures P