Tuesday, 25 January 2011

The King's Speech Sweeps the Oscars (Nominations)

The nominations for the 83rd Academy Award were announced earlier and Britain leads the way.

The King's Speech has 12 nominations, including those for Best Picture and for Colin Firth as Best Actor. Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush are also up in their Best Supporting Roles. I've seen the film and blogged a raving review here.

The 12 nominations earned are only 2 short of the all-time record of 14 held by All About Eve in 1950 and Titanic in 1997. 

The Western re-make True Grit is up for 10 Oscars, whilst The Social Network and Inception are up for 8 each.

Colin Firth will be favourite to win the Best Actor Award having won the Golden Globe last week though the competition for the Best Picture is fierce.

A Nod for Toy Story 3
I also noticed with great satisfaction that Toy Story 3 is also in the running for Best Picture. Never in the 83 year history of the Academy Awards has an animated film won the top prize but this is nevertheless only the 3rd time that one has even been nominated for it - the others were Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Up (2009).

I don't expect it to make history this year but it really is a technical masterpiece and it deserves to be comsidered with its real-life alternatives.

God Speed
But good luck to Colin Firth and co. Come February 27th, we'll hopefully have another Royal Oscar triumph to celebrate - following that of Helen Mirren as The Queen back in 2006.

1 comment:

  1. We went to see it last week, it was really good I'd be surprised if it didn't pick up at least one of the top awards!