Though most of 2010 proved to be a breeding ground for bad cinema, the last month of the year brought us beautiful and bad-ass films like Black Swan, The Fighter, True Grit and The King's Speech - breathtaking pieces of art that nearly redeemed the rest of the fiscal year of follies. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officially announced their nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony and many of the late-bloomers were honored along with the very best of the year. Read on below for the full list of nominees and be sure to catch the 83rd Academy Awards live from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on February 27th!!!
The Social Network
The King's Speech
Toy Story 3
The Kids Are All Right
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
James Franco, 127 Hours
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
David Fincher, The Social Network
The Coen Brothers, True Grit
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David O. Russell, The Fighter
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
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
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Another Year, Mike Leigh
The Fighter Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Inception, Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
The King's Speech, David Seidler
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
127 Hours by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network by Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
True Grit by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter's Bone by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Toy Story 3
How To Train Your Dragon
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
In A Better World
Outside The Law
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Exit through the Gift Shop
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Killing in the Name
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
God of Love
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Day & Night
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
How to Train Your Dragon, John Powell
Inception, Hans Zimmer
The King's Speech, Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours, A.R. Rahman
The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
BEST 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 SOUND EDITING
Inception, Richard King
Toy Story 3, Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
Tron: Legacy, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
True Grit, Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
Unstoppable, Mark P. Stoeckinger
BEST SOUND MIXING
Inception, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
The King's Speech, Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
Salt, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
The Social Network, Ren Klyce, David Parker Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
True Grit, Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
BEST ART DIRECTION
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
The King's Speech
Black Swan, Matthew Libatique
Inception, Wally Pfister
The King's Speech, Danny Cohen
The Social Network, Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit, Roger Deakins
Barney's Version, Adrien Morot
The Way Back, Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
The Wolfman, Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
I Am Love, Antonella Cannarozzi
The King's Speech, Jenny Beavan
The Tempest, Sandy Powell
True Grit, Mary Zophres
BEST FILM EDITING
Andrew Weisblum, Black Swan
Pamela Martin, The Fighter
Tariq Anwarr, The King's Speech
Jon Harris, 127 Hours
Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter, The Social Network
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Alice in Wonderland Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
Hereafter, Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
Inception, Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Iron Man 2, Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick
The Spartacus star, 94, tells People.com he broke down in tears of joy after learning the actor's tumour has gone, six months after he was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer.
He says, "I immediately felt years younger (after hearing the good news). Not a day over 85! I believe God answers all prayers. Sometimes his answer is no, but not this time."
And Douglas has heaped praise on his Wall Street star son for managing to remain "gracious" while undergoing gruelling radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
He adds: "I admire the way Michael has handled this personal crisis. He was open and honest with his family, the media and the public. He was gracious throughout, trying to live a normal life despite the constant press scrutiny and daily treatment."
The movie star admits it became a chore to face the paparazzi as he tried to battle his health crisis in private, and he fears their shots may have been "toughed up" to make him look more gaunt and sick than he really was.
Douglas admits the photos that appeared in the tabloids worried friends and prompted his father Kirk Douglas to jet to New York from Los Angeles - and now he thinks it's payback time.
In a new Today and Dateline NBC TV interview, the latest celebrity cancer survivor says, "They're (paparazzi) there every day. I guess curiosity's gotten them a lot of coverage... and there's so many outlets now these days.
"There was sort of a macabre enjoyment out of sort of watching me go down there for a while, I felt, by the paparazzi... You want to share (and) give 25 per cent to the United Nations or my favourite charity, you know? Cancer research?
"Why (do they) have the right to take your own identity, 100 per cent selfishly for your own gains?"
The constant scrutiny gave Douglas a taste of what it must be like for today's hot young stars who are never out of the tabloids.
He adds, "I just feel for all these young kids. I mean, the generations now, with the amount of paparazzi that they have and these video cameras... you just can't do anything."
DREW BARRYMORE bought herself an expensive Christmas present - she purchased a luxurious new home in Santa Barbara, California. The $7 million (£4.7 million) property boasts six bedrooms and five bathrooms, and Barrymore's new neighbours include Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Kirk Douglas.
GEORGE LUCAS has spent a chunk of his Star Wars fortune on a new beach house in Santa Barbara, California. The movie mogul paid a reported $25 million (£16.7 million) for the six-bedroom home. His new neighbours will include Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe, John Cleese and Kirk Douglas.
Julia Roberts' ex-husband has already composed the score for the play, and has now been asked to join the cast by taking on the musical role of Balthasar, an attendant to Don Pedro.
The production, which also stars Helen Hunt and Meryl Streep's daughter Grace Gummer, runs until 19 December (10) at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, California.
The Wall Street star, who underwent treatment for throat cancer last month (Oct10), admits his 93-year-old dad has supported him ever since doctors told him he had the disease.
Douglas tells the Associated Press, "He really made an effort. He was back here almost 10 days. He came over every day. He was great."
The actor also admits he has come to understand why his father was often absent when he was growing up, adding: "In those key years, when Kirk was doing five movies a year, if we saw him it was only out of his guilt... Kirk was all-consumed, was overworked. Probably like myself at a certain time in my life."
The Oscar-winner underwent treatment for throat cancer last month (Oct10) and has been photographed in recent weeks looking pale and gaunt.
But Douglas sent out a message of hope when he was pictured looking healthy and happy in a family shot at Disney World on Wednesday (24Nov10).
And now his dad Kirk has offered further encouragement the Wall Street star is on the mend - insisting his son has returned to his "feisty" self.
He says, "Michael is very good, I spoke to him yesterday. He's much stronger now - he's feisty."
The Indiana Jones star was handed the prestigious Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film award.
Douglas presented Ford with the trophy during the special ceremony, and the star's new wife Calista Flockhart looked on from the audience as he accepted his prize.
Last year's (09) recipient of the award was director Quentin Tarantino.
Aaron Eckhart is a handsome man. I believe that statement can be made with little opposition. I mean, just look at that jaw line! That makes a man handsome, right? And the dimple in the chin. Pretty sure that gives men like an automatic additional three handsome points. Probably four. And that’s not because I might have a dimple in my chin as well. I’m just sticking up for my fellow dimple chinners. We have a club. And yes, Eckhart is our president. And mascot. And the only other member beside myself, Viggo Mortensen, and the late (and by "late" I mean never on time) Kirk Douglas.
Anyway, sorry for that random tangent. Eckhart has just been cast as an ex-CIA agent who has to go on the run in The Expatriate. He is hired to be a security consultant for this major corporation in Belgium, but then one day he shows up to work and everything and everybody is gone. Except his assistant. Who is actually a trained assassin, hired to take him down. Typical Monday morning stuff. So he goes on the run with his daughter and they have some tense moments as she comes to grips with her learning the truth about her father’s actual job.
I’m thinking this could be a sleeper hit. Why? For one, Eckhart is a great actor and the story sounds exciting. For two, the director attached at the moment is Philipp Stolzl and he once directed a music video that was banned because it could be considered as Nazi Propaganda. Sounds like a great combination to me.