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The 83rd annual Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday morning, and here are the finalists who will competing for the major Oscars on February 27.

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

Best Actor
Javier Bardem in Biutiful
Jeff Bridges in True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
Colin Firth in The King's Speech
James Franco in 127 Hours

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

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale in The Fighter
John Hawkes in Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner in The Town
Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams in The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter in The King's Speech
Melissa Leo in The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit
Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom

Best Animated Feature Film
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

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

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Another Year
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech

KC's View:
First of all, my apologies. Yesterday was the first time since I started doing MNB that I didn’t have the Oscar nominations posted on the site as soon as they were made public....but at the time of the announcements, I was getting ready to go onstage at FMI Midwinter. (I know these things don’t matter to most people, but I take pride in the little stuff.)

As for the nominations themselves, I have to say that it strikes me as a strong field, and I’ve seen eight of the 10 Best Picture nominees - clearly I need to see 127 Hours and Winter’s Bone. For me, it would be hard to choose which of the following three films I’d vote for: True Grit, The King’s Speech, and The Social Network.