The Good, Bad, And Scary: 2011 Oscar Nominations

With the Oscars right around the corner, there are plenty of buzz and excitement, of course, for the nominees. This year’s batch of Oscar nominations has been full of surprises with its expected and some unexpected Oscar nominees such as the British monarchy saga The King’s Speech which leads the awards race with a whopping 12 nominations, including best picture and acting honors for its cast of luminaries.
Also in the running for Best Picture are cinematic gems like ballet thriller Black Swan; Coen Brother’s True Grit, boxing drama The Fighter; Chris Nolan’s mind-numbing InceptionToy Story 3, the lesbian-family comedy The Kids Are All Right127 HoursWinter’s Bone and The Social Network.
For the longest time, we thought nothing can stop The Social Network (for showing us how Mark Zuckerberg became the youngest billionaire in history or Black Swan (for the awesome scene of Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis locking lips … and more). But in comes The King’s Speech which has won a bevy of prizes from the other awards show.
So did your favorite movie get picked or did they let the wrong one in?
Here are the trailers for the nominees for Best Picture:
Black Swan

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel
Why it should win: For showing us Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis getting down to business.
The Fighter 

Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams
Why it should win: It’s the greatest boxing movie next to the original Rocky and we get to see Amy Adams as a badass for once.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page
Why it should win: Because so many people are still freaked out after downloading the Inception app.
The Kids Are All Right 

Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Stars: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo
Why it should win: Who doesn’t like to watch a movie about a dysfunctional family and one with a lesbian couple at that?
The King’s Speech 

Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
Why it should win: Who would have thought that a movie about a man with a speech impediment will be so good? And seeing Colin Firth talking like he’s got balls in his mouth is hilarious.
127 Hours 

Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara
Why it should win: The scene where Franco’s character cut his arm off in the movie is both intense and brilliant.
The Social Network 

Director: David Fincher
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake
Why it should win: Because you and 599,999,999 other people are on FaceBook.
Toy Story 3 

Director: Lee Unkrich
Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack
Why it should win: Because you watched the first one as a kid and loved it.
True Grit 

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld
Why it should win: It’s by the Coen Brothers! O Brother, Where Art Thou?, A Serious Man, Burn After Reading … Come on!
Winter’s Bone 

Director: Debra Granik
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Garret Dillahunt
Why it should win: The underdog in this list, this 2010 Sundance Festival Grand Jury Prize winner and indie offering packs some serious punch.