Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy 2011!

Well folks, it's that time of year again: Awards season! Sure, the critic's lists and minor awards have been going on for awhile now, but last night the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave out the Golden Globes (for a full list of nominees and winners, click here), and that's when the Oscar blood really gets pumping.

2010 was a great year for movies, and don't let anyone tell you different. From smash hits like The Social Network and Toy Story 3 to smaller critical favorites like Black Swan and The King's Speech, there has been something for everyone in this year's awards buzz. With the announcement of the Globes last night and just over a week until the Oscar nominations will be revealed, prediction season is officially in full swing.

The Golden Globes didn't have much in the way of surprises (unless you count Ricky Gervais being a bit more mean-spirited than most awards shows emcees as a surprise), but it does give prognosticators another hint as to what may happen on Oscar Night. As many people expected, The Social Network took home Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, with the acting awards getting split up between The Fighter, Black Swan, and The King's Speech. Most people expect, at this point, that the acting awards at the Oscars should be fairly similar (stay tuned for predictions on who will and who won't get a nomination).

In other news, there are 248 films eligible for Academy Awards this year (not counting the short film and foreign film categories), a list of which can be found here. This represents a drop in the number of eligible films over years past: last year there were 274 and in 2008 there were 281. The Academy sends this list out to all members to assist in the balloting process. Nomination ballots were due back to the Academy last Friday, and the nominations will be tabulated by the accounting firm of PriceWaterhouse Coopers and announced at 8:30 AM (Eastern...that's an ungodly 5:30 AM for most of the folks receiving these nominations) on January 25 by Academy president Tom Sherak and last year's Best Supporting Actress winner Mo'Nique.

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