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2011 Academy Award Nominations - By Category

Posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 11:22 AM and updated on Sunday, February 27, 2011 9:22 PM

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Oscars posterThe nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced this morning, January 25, 2011 by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2009 Oscar® winner Mo'Nique. The live television broadcast announced nominations in 10 of the 24 categories.

Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominations are selected by vote of multi-branch screening committees.

All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees. This is the second year to have 10 nominees instead of the five that were nominated previous to 2009.

The Academy Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California. The event will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 5pm PT/8pm ET. The ceremony will be hosted this year by Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

Many of the nominated movies are still in theaters, or will be making a return visit as a result of being nominated, so it's not too late to see them for yourself! Click on the movie title to view the information and showtimes (if available) for each movie, or you can check out our Academy Award® Winners and Nominees page in Now Showing.

The nominees are listed below by the category of their nomination. If you would like to see the nominations grouped by movie, see 2011 Academy Award Nominations - By Movie.

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Best animated feature film of the year

Achievement in art direction

Achievement in cinematography

Achievement in costume design

Achievement in directing

Best documentary feature

Best documentary short subject

Achievement in film editing

Best foreign language film of the year

Achievement in makeup

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • "Coming Home" from Country Strong
    Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
  • "I See the Light" from Tangled
    Music by Alan Menken, Lyric by Glenn Slater
  • "If I Rise" from 127 Hours
    Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
  • "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3
    Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best motion picture of the year

  • Black Swan
    Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • The Fighter
    David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • Inception 
    Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • The Kids Are All Right
    Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • The King's Speech
    Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • 127 Hours
    Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • The Social Network
    Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • Toy Story 3
    Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • True Grit
    Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • Winter's Bone
    Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Best animated short film

  • Day & Night - Teddy Newton
  • The Gruffalo - Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
  • Let's Pollute - Geefwee Boedoe
  • The Lost Thing - Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
  • Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) - Bastien Dubois

Best live action short film

  • The Confession - Tanel Toom
  • The Crush - Michael Creagh
  • God of Love - Luke Matheny
  • Na Wewe - Ivan Goldschmidt
  • Wish 143 - Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Achievement in sound editing

Achievement in sound mixing

  • Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick - Inception 
  • Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley - The King's Speech
  • Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin - Salt 
  • Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten - The Social Network
  • Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland - True Grit

Achievement in visual effects

Adapted screenplay

  • 127 Hours - Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • The Social Network - Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • Toy Story 3 - Screenplay by Michael Arndt, Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • True Grit - Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • Winter's Bone - Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Original screenplay

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Jan 28, 2011 - BigScreen Reader  

If Toy Story 3 wins Best Picture, wouldn't it also have to win Best Animated Feature by default? After all, it can't be the Best Picture without also being the Best Animated Picture, right?

My Picks:
Best Actor: Javier Bardem in Biutiful
Best Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech
Best Actress: Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit
Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3
Best Picture: True Grit
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins - True Grit
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network - Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Best Visual Effects: Inception
Best Original Screenplay: The King's Speech - Screenplay by David Seidler

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