Oscar nominations

Ok, now the Oscar nominations are out and I can really plot out what movies I still need to see.  There actually aren't that many left.  Here are the major categories, with movies I've already seen in bold.

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
James Franco in “127 Hours” 

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
John Hawkes in “Winter's Bone”
Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech” 

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone”
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Adapted screenplay
“127 Hours” - Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
“The Social Network” - Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“Toy Story 3” - Screenplay by Michael Arndt Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit” - Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter's Bone” - Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini 

Original screenplay
“Another Year” - Written by Mike Leigh
“The Fighter” - Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
“Inception” - Written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right” - Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
“The King's Speech” - Screenplay by David Seidler

Achievement in directing
“Black Swan” - Darren Aronofsky
“The Fighter” - David O. Russell
“The King's Speech” - Tom Hooper
“The Social Network” - David Fincher
“True Grit” - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best motion picture of the year [note that all of these movies made up the first 10 movies of Entertainment Weekly's list of the 25 movies to see before Oscar night.  Guess EW really knew what they were talking about this year.]
“Black Swan” 
“The Fighter” 
“The Kids Are All Right” 
“The King's Speech” 
“127 Hours” 
“The Social Network” 
“Toy Story 3”
“True Grit” 
“Winter's Bone”

So, by my calculations, I still need to see:

Winter's Bone
Rabbit Hole
Blue Valentine
Animal Kingdom
Another Year
Toy Story 3

Not too shabby, and completely doable.  I'm looking forward to making my way through the list.


So, I saw 127 Hours today.  Whew...that was tough--I closed my eyes through most of The Scene.  I read Aron Ralston's book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, a couple years ago, and that was hard enough.  If you don't know the story, he was out hiking when his hand got jammed by a huge stone.   In order to survive, he ended up amputating his arm.  It's an amazing story of survival, and though I had my eyes closed during the big scene, I could still sense the agony and pain just from listening to the score.  I felt tense and hot.  Crazy.  Anyway, James Franco did an outstanding job in this movie and is completely deserving of his nomination.

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