Britain plants the flag….Colin Firth leads the way at the Oscars


The clear winner from an Oscar nomination standpoint during yesterday’s announcement was the brilliant British box-office mega-hit, The King’s Speech, with 12 Oscar nominations. Britain will be well-represented on Oscar night with numerous opportunities for an acceptance speech or two up and down the nomination ladder.

  • Best Picture – The King’s Speech
  • Best Actor – Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Christian Bale, The Fighter
  • Best Director – Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
  • Best Original Screenplay – Mike Leigh, Another Year
  • Best Original Screenplay – Christopher Nolan, Inception
  • Best Original Screenplay – David Seidler, The King’s Speech
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Danny  Boyle & Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
  • Best Cinematography – Roger Deakins, True Grit
  • Best Cinematography – Danny Cohen, The King’s Speech
  • Best Costume Design – Colleen Atwood, Alice in Wonderland
  • Best Costume Design – Jenny Beaven, The King’s Speech
  • Best Costume Design – Sandy Powell, The Tempest
  • Best Editor – Tariq Anwar, The King’s Speech
  • Best Animated Short – The Gruffalo
  • Best Documentary – Bansky, Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Best Documentary – Lucy Walker, Waste Land
  • Best Song – Dido & Rollo Armstrong, If I Rise (127 Hours)
  • Best Art Direction – Stuart Craig, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, part 1
  • Best Live-Action Short – The Confession
  • Best Live-Action Short – Wish 143
  • Best Visual Effects – Inception
  • Best Animation – The Illusionist
  • Best Sound Mixing – The King’s Speech

You can now start that marathon power viewing that usually takes place between now and Oscar night. To begin marking your ballots now in preparation, here’s the full list of the 2011 Oscar nominations. Looking at the full list, I halfway don’t know what to do with no Dame Judi Dench anywhere to be found on the list, but looking at her 2011 workload, I’m thinking the 2012 Academy Awards will be a different story.

  • evel1

    I am so pulling for “The King’s Speech.” This is a wondefully powerful and inspiring work. I am simply at a loss for words regarding this. This has to be one of the most “gripping” films I have seen, of recent.

    The wife and I have recommended this moive to all that we know, and then some! Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush do an incredible job!

    Hopefully this work will receive the recognition it so rightly deserves.

    If you have yet to see this movie, it is the weekend, what are you waiting for? No worries, our much adored BritComs don’t start until well into the evening. This is a must see movie.

    I must also confess that I find myself wondering how long until Hollywood tries to re-cast and re-write this into some trival remark?

    I know, now I am just being “cheeky.” 😉

    Bill, thank you for this wonderful blog. What an incredible resource for us Anglophiles!