Our money is on The Social Network… How about you?

There were very few surprises in todays Oscar nominations, all our predictions made it into the Best Picture category, though we were rooting for Ben Affleck to get a nod for The Town.

Big congratulations for Irish short THE CRUSH, which was nominated for Live Action Short. 
The Crush, tells the story of an 8-year-old schoolboy with a ‘deadly’ infatuation with his teacher. It premiered at the Kerry Film Festival and went on to win Best Irish Short at Foyle last year. The Crush is written and directed by first-timer Michael Creagh, it was produced by Damon Quinn.

Commenting on this success Teresa McGrane, Deputy Chief Executive at Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said “An Academy Award nomination for a short film is a fantastic achievement. Irish short films have gained outstanding recognition and international profile in recent years with seven short film nominations since 2002. This is an indication of the high level of new talent we have working in the Irish film industry today. “

What are your thoughts on the nominees? Any surprises?

The 2011 Oscar nominees in full are….

Best Picture
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Director
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (True Grit)
David Fincher (The Social Network)
Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)
David O. Russell (The Fighter)

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges (True Grit)
Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
James Franco (127 Hours)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)

Best Actress
Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale (The Fighter)
John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone)
Jeremy Renner (The Town)
Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right)
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams (The Fighter)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

Adapted Screenplay
Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours)
The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
Toy Story 3 (John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Michael Arndt)
True Grit (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik, Anne Rossllini)

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

Animated Feature
How To Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Language Film
Biutiful
Dogtooth
In A Better World
Incendies
Outisde The Law

Art Direction
Alice In Wonderland
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
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
Restropo
Wasteland

Documentary Short
Killing In The Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors Of Qiugang

Editing
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network

Makeup
Barney’s Version
The Way Back
The Wolfman

Original Score
How To Train Your Dragon
Inception
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network

Original Song
‘Coming Home’ (Country Strong)
‘I See The Light’ (Tangled)
‘If I Rise’ (127 Hours)
‘We Belong Together’ (Toy Story 3)

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 1
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2

Animated Short
Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let’s Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, A Journey Diary

Live Action Short
The Confession
The Crush
Gods Of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143