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Award season is here, and the Oscar goes to…


It’s only a few short February weeks to the glitziest and most glamour filled night of the year… the 83rd Academy Awards take place on 27 February and this week saw the announcement of the nominations and they make for very interesting reading.

It’s been a great year for cinema all round but one film totally dominates the nomination list;

The King’s Speech has been packing out cinemas since its release and spontaneous eruptions of applause have been widely reported across the country! It is rewarded with 12 nominations including nods in all the major categories; David Seidler is nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Geoffrey Rush for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Tom Hooper for Directing and Helen Bonham Carter and Colin Firth are recognised in the main acting categories with Colin ‘Mr D’Arcy’ Firth seen by most as the early frontrunner.

Also receiving multiple nominations are True Grit with 10 and Inception and The Social Network both receiving 8 nominations.

Other Brits in the running for Oscars next month include Mike Leigh, Christian Bale, Banksy and, though both were left out of the directing category, Danny Boyle and Christopher Nolan are nominated for their other work on Inception and 127 Hours.

In an interesting twist, one of Firth’s rivals for the best actor statue will also be presenting the ceremony as James Franco (127 Hours) is sharing hosting responsibilities with Anne Hathaway.

It looks like it’s going to be a tight race in the actress category as Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Williams face up against early favourites Annette Bening and Natalie Portman (Get Natalie’s Femme Fatale make up look).

It’s the second year that ten films, rather than the traditional five, have been nominated for Best Picture, this year’s nominees are; The King’s Speech, The Fighter, Black Swan, Inception, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter’s Bone.

See the full Oscars nomination list

So who do you think or hope will win this year? Here are our predictions;

Best Film: Think The King’s Speech (Hope Toy Story 3)

Best Director: Think David Fincher for ‘The Social Network’ (Hope The Coen Brothers for ‘True Grit’)

Best Actor: Think Colin Firth (Hope Colin Firth)

Best Actress: Think Annette Bening (Hope Annette Bening)

Supporting Actor: Think Christian Bale (Hope Geoffrey Rush)

Supporting Actress: Think Hailee Steinfeld (Hope Helena Bonham Carter)

Of course it’s as big an event for fashion fans as it is for film buffs, so what will everyone be wearing on the red carpet this year? The Golden Globes seemed to be all about emerald green dresses and oyster shades.

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