The Oscar and Razzie nominations: Best and worst movies of 2010?

You know, you can increase the number of Best Picture nominees to accommodate those rare award-worthy blockbusters the public know and support (even if they have zip chances of winning). You can even introduce a slight format change. Still though, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cannot escape predictability. So once again, the big nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards include an inspirational sports story, a period-set biography of a famous historical figure, a Coen Brothers release, something British, a down-in-the-dumps indie family drama and a topical tale centred on issues that already send the Media into a debate frenzy.

I love watching the Oscars and I'm exceptionally happy that I'll be in the position to watch many of the big nominees in the coming weeks - well, the ones I haven't already seen - before the 27 February results ceremony. However, I generally prefer to avoid the online speculation in the weeks and months beforehand, largely because things seem to have become just so damn predictable; so set in stone when it comes to singling out the year's best films.


For the record, the 2010 Oscar nominations tally is as follows:


In terms of my personal views, the exclusions I feel strongest about are Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy score, and Tangled's shut-out in the Animation category given the excellent things I've heard about it.

Anyway, here's the complete list of Oscar nominees, shamelessly copied from the excellent Dark Horizons:

BEST PICTURE
"127 Hours"
"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"Inception"
"The Kids Are All Right"
"The King's Speech"
"The Social Network"
"Toy Story 3"
"True Grit"
"Winter's Bone"

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Javier Bardem for "Biutiful"
Jeff Bridges for "True Grit"
Jesse Eisenberg for "The Social Network"
Colin Firth for "The King's Speech"
James Franco for "127 Hours"

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Annette Benning for "The Kids Are All Right"
Nicole Kidman for "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence for "Winter's Bone"
Natalie Portman for "Black Swan"
Michelle Williams for "Blue Valentine"

DIRECTING
Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan"
David O. Russell for "The Fighter"
Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech"
David Fincher for "The Social Network"
Joel & Ethan Coen for "True Grit"

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Christian Bale for "The Fighter"
Mark Ruffalo for "The Kids Are All Right"
Geoffrey Rush for "The King's Speech"
Jeremy Renner for "The Town"
John Hawkes for "Winter's Bone"

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams for "The Fighter"
Helena Bonham Carter for "The King's Speech"
Melissa Leo for "The Fighter"
Hailee Steinfeld for "True Grit"
Jacki Weaver for "Animal Kingdom"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Biutiful" - Mexico
"Dogtooth" - Greece
"In a Better World" - Denmark
"Incendies" - Canada
"Hors la Loi" ("Outside the Law") - Algeria

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"How To Train Your Dragon"
"The Illusionist"
"Toy Story 3"

SCREENPLAY (Adapted)
Michael Arndt for "Toy Story 3"
Simon Beaufoy & Danny Boyle for "127 Hours"
Joel & Ethan Coen for "True Grit"
Aaron Sorkin for "The Social Network"
Debra Granki, Anne Rosellini for "Winter's Bone"

SCREENPLAY (Original)
Mike Leigh for "Another Year"
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg for "The Kids Are All Right"
Christopher Nolan for "Inception"
David Seidler for "The King’s Speech"
Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington for "The Fighter"

ART DIRECTION
"Alice in Wonderland"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One"
"Inception"
"The King's Speech"
"True Grit"

CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Black Swan"
"Inception"
"The King's Speech"
"The Social Network"
"True Grit"

COSTUME DESIGN
"Alice in Wonderland"
"I Am Love"
"The King's Speech"
"The Tempest"
"True Grit"

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"Exit Through the Gift Shop"
"Gasland"
"Inside Job"
"Restrepo"
"Waste Land"

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
"Killing in the Name"
"Poster Girl"
"Strangers No More"
"Sun Come Up"
"The Warriors of Qiugang"

FILM EDITING
"127 Hours"
"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"The King's Speech"
"The Social Network"

MAKEUP
"Barney's Version"
"The Way Back"
"The Wolfman"

MUSIC (SCORE)
A.R. Rahman for "127 Hours"
John Powell for "How To Train Your Dragon"
Hans Zimmer for "Inception"
Alexandre Desplat for "The King's Speech"
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for "The Social Network"

MUSIC (SONG)
'Coming Home' from "Country Strong"
'I See the Light' from "Tangled"
'If I Rise' from "127 Hours"
'We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3"

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
"Day & Night"
"The Gruffalo"
"Let’s Pollute"
"The Lost Thing"
"Madagascar, a Journey Diary"

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
"The Confession"
"The Crush"
"God of Love"
"Na Wewe"
"Wish 143"

SOUND EDITING
"Inception"
"Toy Story 3"
"Tron: Legacy"
"True Grit"
"Unstoppable"

SOUND MIXING
"Inception"
"The King's Speech"
"Salt"
"The Social Network"
"True Grit"

VISUAL EFFECTS
"Alice in Wonderland"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One"
"Hereafter"
"Inception"
"Iron Man 2"


The day before the Academy Award nominations were announced this week, their red haired step-cousin The Golden Raspberries (AKA The Razzies) unveiled their candidates for 2010. Essentially the anti-Oscars, the Razzies "reward" the worst movies of the year.

In 2010, leading the pack are:


Now it's important to remember that the Razzies are just for a laugh. Frequently accolades go to high profile flops that are fun to bash by the public and press alike... as opposed to films that are genuinely atrocious. Several stars including Halle Berry (for Catwoman), Sandra Bullock (for All About Steve) and director Paul Verhoeven (for Showgirls) have accepted their Razzies in person.

The full list of nominees for the 31st annual Razzies is as follows, and the "winners" will be announced, in keeping with tradition, on the night before the Oscars - which is 26 February this year.

Worst Picture
The Bounty Hunter
The Last Airbender
Sex & The City 2
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Vampires Suck

Worst Actor
Jack Black - Gulliver’s Travels
Gerard Butler - The Bounty Hunter
Ashton Kutcher - Killers and Valentine’s Day
Taylor Lautner - Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Valentine’s Day
Robert Pattinson - Remember Me and Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Worst Actress
Jennifer Aniston - The Bounty Hunter and The Switch
Miley Cyrus - The Last Song
The Four “Gal Pals” - Sex & The City 2 (Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis & Cynthia Nixon)
Megan Fox - Jonah Hex
Kristen Stewart - Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Worst Supporting Actor
Billy Ray Cyrus - The Spy Next Door
George Lopez - Marmaduke, The Spy Next Door and Valentine’s Day
Dev Patel - The Last Airbender
Jackson Rathbone - The Last Airbender and Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Rob Schneider - Grown Ups

Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Alba - The Killer Inside Me, Little Fockers, Machete and Valentine’s Day
Cher - Burlesque
Liza Minnelli - Sex & The City 2
Nicola Peltz - The Last Airbender
Barbra Streisand - Little Fockers

Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D (Special Category for 2010!)
Cats & Dogs #2: Revenge of Kitty Galore
Clash of The Titans
The Last Airbender
Nutcracker 3-D
Saw 3-D (aka Saw VII)

Worst Screen Couple / Worst Screen Ensemble
Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler - The Bounty Hunter
Josh Brolin’s Face & Megan Fox’s Accent - Jonah Hex
The Entire Cast of The Last Airbender
The Entire Cast of Sex & The City 2
The Entire Cast of Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Worst Director
Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer - Vampires Suck
Michael Patrick King - Sex & The City 2
M. Night Shyamalan - The Last Airbender
David Slade - Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Sylvester Stallone - The Expendables

Worst Screenplay
The Last Airbender
Little Fockers
Sex & The City 2
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Vampires Suck

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel (Combined Category for 2010)
Clash of The Titans
The Last Airbender
Sex & The City 2
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Vampires Suck

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