2011 Oscars Challenge: My Predictions Compared to the Actual Nominations

Earlier this month, I submitted my predictions for the Academy Awards nominees. Almost a week removed from that, I figured I show at least show how I did. So here is the comparison. The main differences are the one’s that almost everyone was surprised on like Christopher Nolan and Andrew Garfield’s snubs. The other differences (which there were quite a few) are just lack of knowledge/misinformation. The only categories I got completely correct were the ten Best Pictures, the five Best Lead Actresses, and the five Best Supporting Actresses:

Best Picture
•    Black Swan
•    The Social Network
•    Inception
•    True Grit
•    The King’s Speech
•    127 Hours
•    The Fighter
•    The Kids Are All Right
•    Winter’s Bone
•    Toy Story 3

Best Director:
•    Christopher Nolan, “Inception” <<===== (DAVID O. RUSSELL, “THE FIGHTER”)
•    David Fincher, “The Social Network”
•    Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
•    The Coen Brothers, “True Grit”
•    Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”

Best Leading Actor
•    Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
•    Jeff Bridges, “True Grit”
•    Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
•    James Franco, “127 Hours”
•    Robert Duvall, “Get Low” <<===== (JAVIER BARDEM, “BIUTIFUL”)

Best Leading Actress
•    Annette Bening, “The Kid’s Are All Right”
•    Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
•    Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
•    Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”
•    Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

Best Supporting Actor
•    Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”
•    Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
•    Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network” <<===== (JOHN HAWKES)
•    Mark Ruffalo, “The Kids Are All Right”
•    Jeremy Renner, “The Town”
(Would kill for John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”, to be nominated!)!!!!!!

Best Supporting Actress
•    Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”
•    Amy Adams, “The Fighter”
•    Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
•    Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”
•    Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

Best Original Screenplay
•    David Speidler, “The King’s Speech”
•    Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko, “The Kids Are All Right”
•    Mike Leigh, “Another Year”
•    Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
•    Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin, “Black Swan” <<=====(THE FIGHTER)

Best Adapted Screenplay
•    Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”
•    Michael Arndt, “Toy Story 3”
•    Ben Affleck, Peter Craig, Aaron Stockard, “The Town” <<===== (127 HOURS)
•    Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, “True Grit”
•    Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Daniel Woodrell, “Winter’s Bone”

Best Cinematography
•    Inception
•    Black Swan
•    True Grit
•    127 Hours <<===== (THE KING’S SPEECH)
•    The Social Network

Best Animated Feature
•    Toy Story 3
•    How to Train Your Dragon
•    Despicable Me <<===== (THE ILLUSIONIST)

Best Makeup
•    Alice In Wonderland <<===== (BARNEY’S VERSION)
•    The Fighter <<===== (THE WAY BACK)
•    The Wolfman

Best Visual Effects
•    Inception
•    Tron: Legacy <<===== (HEREAFTER)
•    Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World <<===== (IRON MAN 2)
•    Alice In Wonderland
•    Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part One

Best Film Editing
•    Inception <<===== (THE FIGHTER)
•    The Social Network
•    True Grit <<===== (127 HOURS)
•    Black Swan
•    The King’s Speech

Best Costume Design
•    Alice In Wonderland
•    True Grit
•    The King’s Speech
•    Secretariat <<===== (I AM LOVE)
•    The Tempest

Best Original Score
•    Hans Zimmer, “Inception”
•    Trent Rezner, Atticus Ross, “The Social Network”
•    Daft Punk, “Tron: Legacy” <<===== (A.R. RAHMAN, “127 HOURS”)
•    ??? <<===== (ALEXANDRE DESPIAT, “THE KING’S SPEECH”)
•    ??? <<===== (JOHN POWELL, “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON”)

Best Original Song
•    “Shine”, “Waiting For Superman <<===== (“COMING HOME”, COUNTRY STRONG)
•    “If I Rise”, 127 Hours
•    “We Belong Together”, Toy Story 3
•    “I See The Light”, Tangled
(NO FIFTH)
•    “Darling I Do”, Shrek Forever After  **Hoping this won’t get overlooked!**

Best Documentary
•    Waiting For Superman <<===== (GASLAND)
•    Restrepo
•    Exit Through The Gift Shop
•    Joan Rivers-A Piece of Work <<===== (WASTE LAND)
•    Inside Job
(Client 9 & The Tillman Story are close here too)

Best Art Direction
•    Shutter Island <<===== (HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART ONE)
•    The King’s Speech
•    Alice in Wonderland
•    True Grit
•    Inception
(Could potentially see “Tron: Legacy” sneak in here)

Best Sound Mixing
•    Black Swan <<===== (THE KING’S SPEECH)
•    True Grit
•    Tron: Legacy <<===== (SALT)
•    The Social Network
•    Inception

Best Sound Editing
•    Tron: Legacy
•    Inception
•    Iron Man 2 <<===== (TOY STORY 3)
•    How to Train Your Dragon <<===== (TRUE GRIT)
•    127 Hours <<===== (UNSTOPPABLE)

Best Foreign Feature
•    Mexico, “Biutiful,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director;
•    Denmark, “In a Better World,” Susanne Bier, director;
•    Greece, “Dogtooth,” Yorgos Lanthimos, director;
•    Algeria, “Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”), Rachid Bouchareb, director;
•    South Africa, “Life, above All,” Oliver Schmitz, director; <<=====(INCENDIES)

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