Predicting the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominations – Part 2

Part II: Behind the Scenes

A category for the little people. Although some of these creators may get the shaft, they are truly what makes a film what it is.


Best Visual Effects



Although it’s nothing to eye dropping, the Inception visual effects were implemented in the film to great effect, especially in the action scenes.

The Last Airbender

The Last Airbender

Well the film sucked, the visual effects were good…at least when not seen through crappy 3D.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I

All the visuals in Harry Potter are great, but the last two films have been down right beautiful.  This more then deserves a nomination.

Tron: Legacy

Tron: Legacy

Well the tech bent may not sway all Academy voters, it will be enough to garner a nomination.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

With a 200 million dollar budget and Tim Burton’s eye for visuals, the film BETTER of looked good.

Dawn Treader

Dark Horse: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

While it probably won’t get the nomination, it could possibly get the “Golden Compass” vote.

And the Oscar

Winner: Inception

Inception is the most low key of the group, but I’m pretty sure it will get the win.  Inception won’t win much, so the Academy will probably want to award it SOMEHOW.  And scenes like Araiadne’s introduction to the world of the dream and building’s FREAKING FOLDING IN HALF certainly help as well.

In Half

Best Original Score


Inception, Hans Zimmer

BWAAAAAM!  That is all.

The Social Network

The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ soundtrack has been highely praised and, with tracks like “In Motion”, how can it NOT get a nomination?

Tron Legacy

Tron Legacy, Daft Punk

Once again, the bleeps and bloops of the soundtrack may put of the distinguished members of the Academy, but hopefully they will see past that and realize it’s one of the best soundtracks of the year.

127 Hours

127 Hours, A.R Rahman

The academy loves composer A.R Rahmen, and 127 Hours can never have to many nominations.

The King's Speech

The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat

Since all of these scores are so out there, I think I should choose at least ONE traditional soundtrack.

Toy Story 3

Dark Horse: Toy Story 3, Randy Newman

I would love if the underappreciated Toy Story 3 soundtrack got a mention, but there was to many good soundtracks this year to recognize it.

And the Oscars

Winner: Inception

Hans Zimmer got screwed over for The Dark Knight, so hopefully the Academy will give him the Oscar he so rightfully deserves.  And while I don’t think Inception is Zimmer’s best work, the man hasn’t won an Oscar since The Lion King.  That just ain’t right.

Best Adapted Screenplay

True Grit

Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit

The Oscars like the Coens, and the Coens like the Oscars.  Capeesh?

The Social Network

Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Aaron Sorkin’s script is one of the best parts of the highely acclaimed film.  You bet your life this will get a nomination.

Winter's Bone

Debra Granik and Anne Rosellinni, Winter’s Bone

Once again, the script is highely regaurded as one of the year’s best.  It will get nominated, rest assured.

Toy Story 3

Michael Ardnt, Toy Story 3

It’s a trilogy capper that is arguably the best of the bunch. And it’s one of the most emotional films of the year.  It BETTER be nominated.

127 Hours

Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours

The real triumph of the entire film is its ability to enthrall the viewer despite a minimalistic seeting and cast.  Well most of that could be chalked up to the direction, the writing helps as well.

The Town

Dark Horse: Peter Craig, Ben Affleck,  and Aaron Stockhard, The Town

It will probably be nominated for Best Picture.  Tradition says that a Best Picture nominee should be nominated for EVERYTHING, so…yeah.

And the Oscar

Winner: The Social Network

Writer Aaron Sorkin more then deserves this award, because The Social Network has one of the best damn scripts in recent memory.  And this film will be cleaning up Oscar wise.

The Social Network

Best Original Screenplay


Christopher Nolan, Inception

When it comes to originality, not much can top this science fiction capper.

The Fighter

Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson The Fighter

The true story of boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward sure makes for one crowd pleasing (and Academy pleasing) film.

Black Swan

Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John J. McLaughlin, Black Swan

The deeply disturbing psychological thriller is deserving in both plot and dialogue.

The Kids Are All Right

Lisa Cholodenko and Staurt Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right

Who would of that a film about lesbians, artificial insemination, and more un-Academy like things could garner so much praise.  Really goes to show how good a script this is.

The King's Speech

David Seilder, The King’s Speech

Another one of those “Nominated for Best Picture, Nominated for Everything” callout, that’s not saying The King’s Speech isn’t deserving of it either.

Animal Kingdom

David Michod, Animal Kingdom

Not particularly likely, but this or Blue Valentine could potentially sneak in through the cracks.

And the Oscar goes to

Winner: The Kids Are All Right

This was a tough choice.  Well I could potentially see Inception getting the award as well, I’m going to say The Kids Are All Right just from the Juno vote alone.  Man, did the Academy love that little gem of a picture, didn’t they?

The Kids Are All Right

Well, there goes Part II.  Check back later tonight for the final part: the Heavy Hitters.  See ya then!