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Tonyís 2010 Oscar Nominations & Winners

by Tony Medley

This could be the worst year in the history of Hollywood for the quantity of outstanding films. Itís the flip side of 1939, often called the best year Hollywood ever had in terms of the number of high quality films produced. 2010 was an inauspicious time for the Academy to increase the number of nominated films from 5 to 10. I couldnít think of 10 films I saw that would qualify for my Oscarģ.

However, I wish they had increased the lists of actors and actresses nominated because I saw enough terrific performances that I canít limit my nominations to only 5. Another advantage is that I can have Hailee Steinfeld as a Best Actress nominee. The Academy dumped her in as Best Supporting Actress, but she was in virtually every scene, had more lines than any other actor, and the movie was about her. Whom was she supporting? So why isnít she in the Best Actress category? If any actress made any movie worth seeing it was Steinfeld in True Grit. Without her it was mediocre.

These are not predictions, because I generally disagree with the decisions of the Academy. These are just the way I would have nominated (since they are my nominations, Iím not limited to five). My winner is indicated by an asterisk:

 Best Original Screenplay

* Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee Returns)

Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson (The Fighter)

Christopher Nolan (Inception)

David Seidler (The Kingís Speech)

Peter Craig, Ben Affleck, Aaron Stockard (The Town)


Best Adapted Screenplay

* Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)

Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini (Winterís Bone)

Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber (Red)

Erin Cressida Wilson (Chloe)

Christopher Murphey (The Karate Kid)

Juan Josť Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes)


Best Supporting Actor

Ray Winstone (Edge of Darkness)

Germaine Clement (Dinner for Schmucks)

Zhenwei Wang (The Karate Kid)

John Malkovich (Red)

David Selby (The Social Network)

Geoffrey Rush (The Kingís Speech)

* Christian Bale (The Fighter)


Best Supporting Actress

* Amy Adams (The Fighter)

Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland)

Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

Dale Dickey (Winterís Bone)

Rebecca Hall (The Town)

Amanda Seyfried (Chloe)


Best Actor

Michael Douglas (Solitary Man)

* Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)

Colin Firth (The Kingís Speech)

Jeff Bridges (True Grit)

Danny Trejo (Machete)


Best Actress

* Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)

Amy Adams (Leap Year)

Jennifer Lawrence (Winterís Bone)

Emma Stone (Paper Man)

Diane Lane (Secretariat)

Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Gemma Arterton (The Disappearance of Alice Creed)

Noomi Rapace (The Girl Who Played With Fire)


Best Director

Debra Granik (Winterís Bone)

* David Fincher (The Social Network)

Ben Affleck (The Town)

David O. Russell (The Fighter)

Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit)

J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed)

Juan Josť Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes)


Best Movie

* The Social Network

The Town

Nanny McPhee Returns

The Fighter

True Grit

Winterís Bone

The Secret in Their Eyes

The Girl Who Played With Fire