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The 83rd Oscars, Honoring the Films of 2010 Are History 
(Films listed in order of their nomination tallies)

Who won?  THE KING'S SPEECH
Who should've won?
THE SOCIAL NETWORK.
Who was snubbed in noms?
THE TOWN (judging by precursors alone) I AM LOVE (if you ask me ... I wonder how long it will be before the ten wide BP game, gives us a foreign language nominee?) 

 

 THE KING'S SPEECH
Weinstein Co. | Nov
d.Tom Hooper
Official Site
12 noms | 4 wins

precursor wins: PGA, DGA, SAG (ensemble), BAFTA, BIFA
box office: $135
TRUE GRIT
Paramount | Dec
d. Joel & Ethan Coen
Official Site
10 noms | 0 wins

precursor wins: -
box office: $170
INCEPTION
Warner Bros | July
d.Chris Nolan
Official Site
8 noms | 4 wins

precursor wins: -
box office: $292
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Columbia | Oct
d.David Fincher
Official Site
8 noms | 3 wins

precursor wins: Globe, BFCA, NBR, LAFCA, NYFCC
box office: $97

THE FIGHTER
Paramount | Dec
d. David O. Russell
Official Site
7 noms | 2 wins

precursor wins: BFCA (ens.), several acting prizes
box office: $93

Did you know? Only 25 films have won 12+ nominations. 17 of them won Best Picture. Statistically speaking it's headed for quite a few wins. (6 to 8 we're betting)
Did you know? Only three westerns have best pictures (Cimarron, Dances with Wolves, Unforgiven). Four if you count No Country For Old Men (also by the Coen Bros)
Did you know? This is only the sixth sci-fi film nominated for Oscar. The others were A Clockwork Orange, Star Wars, E.T., Avatar, and District 9. It's arguably Oscar's least fav genre.
Did you know? If The Social Network loses it'll be the first movie to ever lose after winning all of the following three prizes: NBR, NYFCC, GLOBES. [via Awards Daily]
Did you know? Boxing is arguably the Academy's favorite sport. Million Dollar Baby and Rocky are the only winners but this sports subgenre has many acting nods, too.
 127 Hours
Fox Searchlight | Nov
d. Danny Boyle
Official Site
6 noms | 0 wins

precursor wins:  -
box office: $18
Black Swan
Fox Searchlight | Dec
d. Darren Aronofsky
Official Site
5 noms | 1 win

precursor wins: -
box office: $106
  Toy Story 3
Pixar | June
d. Lee Unkrich
Official Site
5 noms | 2 wins

precursor wins: animated prizes. no BP prizes
box office: $415
The Kids Are All Right
Focus | July
d. Lisa Cholodenko
Official Site
4 noms | 0 wins

precursor wins: -
box office: $21
Winter's Bone
Roadside | June
d. Debra Granik
Official Site
4 noms | 0 wins

precursor wins: Gotham
box office: $6
Trivia Question: Does anyone know if other near-one-man-shows have been nominated for Best Picture? Even Sleuth (1972) which has (primarily) only two actors wasn't Best Pic nominated. Did you know? Ballet films don't win Best Picture though An American in Paris has a lengthy ballet segment. Past ballet Best Pics include The Turning Point and The Red Shoes. Billy Elliott probably just missed the lineup.
Trivia Here's a neat roundup of animated films and Oscar statistics. This is Pixar's second Best Picture nom (after UP). They've never missed a nomination and have won 5 of the 9 Animated Feature Oscars (thus far)
Did you know? Gay themed films rarely get Best Pic nominations though they often have acting noms. Other lesbian protagonist BP nominees include: The Hours (2002) and (arguably) Black Swan (2010)
Did you know? In the modern era, Winter's Bone is the lowest grossing BP nominee. The lowest grossing ever prior to nominations was Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima which had only earned 2 million.
 
 Random Collective Best Picture Trivia
Total Limbs Lost: 4 (all arms or hands )
Other Physically Problematic Areas: Tongues/Vocalizations (Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech), Fingers, Toes, Back, Legs, Etcetera (Black Swan), Missing Eyeballs (Toy Story 3, True Grit)
Animals Abused: Too many!!!! Chicken (forced into cannibalism), Squirrels (trapped, skinned), Horse (stabbed repeatedly), Dog (attempted only *whew*)
Sex Scenes: 7 (roughly half of them in The Kids Are All Right)
Number of Batshit Crazy Mothers: 4
Number of Plots Revolving Around Teen Leaving For College: 2
Films With Female Leads Only: 3
Films With Male Leads Only: 6
Films With leads of Both Sexes: 1 (True Grit)
Dramas: 8 of the 10
Comedies: 2 of the 10 (TKAAR and Toy Story 3)
ALL ARTICLES ON THIS YEAR'S OSCAR RACE