Oscar Nominations Announced

The nominees representing sci-fi and fantasy…

The Oscar nominees have been announced today and we’ve highlighted the ones sci-fi and fantasy fans will be interested in. Inception is up for an outstanding eight awards, including Best Picture, and rightfully so. Perhaps this will send a message to the studio big wigs that an original, high-powered concept can pull in accolades as well as huge box office dollars.

The whimsical costumes of Alice in Wonderland caught the eye of the academy board, along with its fantastical visual effects. Iron Man 2 and the penultimate instalment of Harry Potter are up there too. Even Tron: Legacy gets a mention, even if it is just for Sound Editing. There’s plenty for us to root for, but The Wolfman (Best Make-Up), really?

The Awards Show will air on Sunday 27 Feb 2011 on ABC.


Best Picture

Black Swan – Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin

Inception – Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan

Toy Story 3 – Darla K. Anderson

Actress in a Leading Role

Natalie Portman for Black Swan

Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon – Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

Toy Story 3 – Lee Unkrich

Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland – Robert Stromberg (Production Design); Karen O’Hara (Set Decoration)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – Stuart Craig (Production Design); Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)

Inception – Guy Hendrix Dyas (Production Design); Larry Dias and Doug Mowat (Set Decoration)

Cinematography

Black Swan – Matthew Libatique

Inception – Wally Pfister

Costume Design

Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood

Directing

Black Swan – Darren Aronofsky

Film Editing

Black Swan – Andrew Weisblum

Make-Up

The Wolfman – Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (original score)

How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell

Inception – Hans Zimmer

Sound Editing

Inception – Richard King

Toy Story 3 – Tom Myers and Michael Silvers

Tron: Legacy – Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

Sound Mixing

Inception – Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

Visual Effects

Alice in Wonderland – Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

Inception – Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

Iron Man 2 – Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Toy Story 3 – Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Inception – Christopher Nolan