Many are surprised by the â€˜King’s Speech’ Oscar nominations deluge as the British film managed to bag an even dozen. But it wasnâ€™t the only film being smiled upon by the Academy this year.
There was once a day when the Golden Globes were a reliable barometer for the remainder of the Awardâ€™s Season. But for the last few yearâ€™s there have been relative shockers when the time comes for the Academy to announce the nominations.
Take this year for example. The Social Network owned the GGâ€™s, which led some to predict that it had a chance of sweeping the Academy Awards as well. Though seven nods isnâ€™t too shabby, the film depicting the inception of Facebook only garnered about half as many nominations as the Colin Firth drama.
Observers note that while it doesnâ€™t lead in the number of nods, it does have a strong chance at winning the coveted â€˜Best Pictureâ€™ trophy. That category is rounded out by the likes of Black Swan, Toy Story 3, and True Grit.
As for the â€˜Kingâ€™s Speechâ€™ Oscar nominations, they are as follows:
–Best Actor (Colin Firth)
–Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush)
–Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter)
–Best Director (Tom Hooper)
–Best Original Screenplay
I am still a little miffed by Hurt Lockerâ€™s trouncing of Avatar last year. I have always struggled with the Academyâ€™s â€˜hipsterâ€™ taste for films. It always feels like they pass over those movies that are more popularâ€”except in some rare cases (ie when Titanic won Best Picture).
In that vein, it seems they will in some way snub The Social Network to rain awards down on a historical drama. Pretty typical stuff. Your thoughts?
For more on the â€˜Kingâ€™s Speechâ€™ Oscar nominations visit The Wall Street Journal Online.