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Oscar Noms: The Gay Rundown

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in 'The Kids Are All Right.'

Because they both often occur in the same month, the Academy Awards have often been referred to as “the gay’s Super Bowl,” which is doubly true for me as I anxiously await the cold January morning when the Oscar noms are dolled out every year and am sure to block out my entire day for the impending awards ceremony.

This morning the nominations were announced and the big surprises were copious nominations for the Andy/Ethan Cohen western True Grit and snubs for Ben Affleck’s The Town. A full list of the nominees is listed below, but here’s a quick look at the wins for Team Gay this year.

This year’s breakout gay indie The Kids Are Alright (following in the footsteps of Brokeback Mountain, Milk) came away with four major nods. Best Picture, Best Screenplay and acting nomds both Annette Bening for Best Actress and Mark Ruffalo for Best Support Actor. Major snub however for Julianne Moore, who was nominated alongside Bening at the Golden Globes. This also marks the first time a lesbian directed (Lisa Cholodenko) film has been nominated for Best Picture.

Gay fave James Franco, who’ll be co-hosting the awards show with Anne Hathaway (another gay fave/supporter), was nominated for Best Actor for his performance in 127 Hours. Mila Kunis was also snubbed in the Supporting Actress category. Best known for her stint on That ’70s Show, Kunis shared a love scene with Natalie Portman (Bening’s biggest competition) in The Black Swan.

This year the Academy Awards seem short on diversity overall as it’s also the first time since 2001 that there’s not one person of color among the acting noms.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be broadcast live 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 on ABC. Full list of nominations below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEST ANIMATED FILM
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Hors la Loi (Outside the Law) (Algeria)
Incendies (Canada)
In a Better World (Denmark)
Dogtooth (Greece)
Biutiful (Mexico)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, The Fighter
Mike Leigh, Another Year
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David Seidler, The King’s Speech

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich, Toy Story 3
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit
Debra Granik and Anne Roselini, Winter’s Bone
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

BEST ART DIRECTION
Alice in Wonderland
Happy Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Black Swan
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King’s Speech
The Tempest
True Grit

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Gasland
Inside Job
Restrepo
Waste Land

BEST EDITING
127 Hours
Black Swan

The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

BEST MAKEUP
Barney’s Version
The Way Back
The Wolfman

BEST SCORE
127 Hours
How to Train Your Dragon
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

BEST SONG
“Coming Home,” Country Strong
“I See the Light,” Tangled
“If I Rise,” 127 Hours
“We Belong Together,” Toy Story 3

BEST SOUND EDITING
Inception
Toy Story 3
TRON: Legacy
True Grit
Unstoppable

BEST SOUND MIXING
Inception
The King’s Speech
Salt
The Social Network
True Grit

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let’s Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143

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