Oscar Nominations 2010

Oscar nominations for 2010 (aka the 83rd Annual Academy Awards) came out this morning. Some of the films that made the list are unsurprising – The King’s Speech (12 nominations), True Grit (10 nominations), The Social Network (8 nominations), and Black Swan (5 nominations). But overall, the list is a testament to the quality (or lack thereof) of film and acting in 2010.

Woe is the day that Mark Ruffalo, James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg and Christian Bale are all nominated for acting awards in the same year. Isn’t there some talent left out there? The answer is yes- Natalie Portman is deserving of her nomination for Black Swan, and we have some acting giants like Javiar Bardem, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Geoffrey Rush, and Amy Adams in the running.

Also disturbing is the notable snub of Disney’s 50th animated feature film, Tangled, in the animated category. Meanwhile, the disappointing Toy Story 3 got a nod in both the animated feature and best motion picture category.

I was excited to see a couple films nominated with African related themes. First is the Golden Globe winner for foreign language film, In a Better World, which deals with refugee issues. Also nominated is the short film, Na Wewe, about civil war in Burundi.

For a full list of the nominees go to: http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/83/nominees.html

For a full list of nominees with links go to: http://www.imdb.com/features/oscars/2011/nominations

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