2011 Oscar Nominations... And why wasn't Justin Timberlake Nominated?

So Oscar nominations were announced early this morning and they were pretty much as expected; including such films as The Social Network, Black Swan and The King's Speech. This year more than ever it seems as though the picks are pretty easy to make.  With The Social Network seeming to be well ahead in the Oscar race (as it should be).  But none the less, the Oscars are always full of surprises.  So the only thing I'm left pondering is.. why wasn't JT nominated?  Early on there was a lot of talk about his character Sean Parker in the Fincher's Social Network having such a commanding presence on screen that he might be nominated for Best Supporting Actor.  Was the campaign for Justin just no good?  It seems as though Timberlake was starting to come off as arrogent and unlikable as the campaign went on and his performance could be dissected and viewed as JT merely playing a caricature of himself.     Check out the full list of nominees and let me know who you think should win!

Source: JustJared

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams - The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter - The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom

Who Will Win: Amy Adams

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale - The Fighter
John Hawkes - Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner - The Town
Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush - The King’s Speech

Who Should Win: Jeremy Renner Who Will Win: Christian Bale

Best Actress

Annette Bening
- The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine

Who Should Win: Annette Bening or Michelle Williams Who Will Win: Natalie Portman

Best Actor

Javier Bardem
- Biutiful
Jeff Bridges - True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
Colin Firth - The King’s Speech
James Franco - 127 Hours

Who Will Win: Colin Firth

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky
- Black Swan
David O. Russell - The Fighter
Tom Hooper - The King’s Speech
David Fincher - The Social Network
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - True Grit

Who Should Win: Darren Aronofsky Who Will Win: David Fincher

Best Original Screenplay

Mike Leigh
- Another Year
Scott Silver & Paul Tamasy - The Fighter
Christopher Nolan - Inception
Lisa Cholodenko - The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler - The King’s Speech

What Should Win: The Kids Are All Right What Will Win: The Fighter

Best Adapted Screenplay

Aaron Sorkin
- The Social Network
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - True Grit
Danny Boyle - 127 Hours
John Lassiter - Toy Story 3
Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini - Winter’s Bone

Who Should Win: Aaron Sorkin Who Will Win: Joel and Ethan Coen

Foreign Language Film

In A Better World
Outside The Law

I'm not even going to try to pretend that I watch a lot of foreign films but I've heard a lot about this Biutiful film starring Javier Bardem so that's my pick!


How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

If it's not Toy Story 3 then I officially will boycott the Oscars in the future!

Best Picture

Black Swan
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

What Should Win: The Social Network What Will Win: Black Swan



  1. I'm a HUGE coen bros fan but True Grit is very overrated. Not that he'd win, but I thought Nolan would get a nom for Inception. No chance Black Swan wins best picture; King's Speech will win. Do you think Timberlake will get a nomination for playing Booboo in the Yogi Bear cartoon?

  2. David Fincher will win, and probably should. He crafted what could have been a big-budget schlop-fest, and made it into a tight little jewel of a film. If you can make someone feel empathetic for Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake, there should be an award.

    And Yogi Bear totally got snubbed!