Showbiz Sandbox Special Episode: Dissecting This Year’s Oscar Nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this year’s Oscar nominees yesterday and we were happy to see there were a few surprises.

While “The Social Network” has been a favorite among critics, Academy voters favored “The King’s Speech”, nominating the historical drama for 12 awards including Best Picture. Even the Coen Brothers’ adaptation of “True Grit” beat out “The Social Network’s” eight nominations by garnering 10, including Best Actor for Jeff Bridges, Best Director and Best Picture.

Though there are categories where the winner seems obvious (Best Actor going to Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”) there are still a few, like cinematography, that are harder to call. that gives us plenty of reason to tune into the ceremony on February 27th, which is to be hosted by Best Actor nominee James Franco and actress Anne Hathaway.

In this episode we analyze all the major nominations along with a few of the Academy’s oversights.

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Nominees For The 83rd Academy Awards
http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/83/nominees.html