“The King’s Speech” leads the pack of nominees this year with 12 nods followed by “True Grit” with ten and “The Social Network” with eight. All three films are competing for the Best Picture category alongside “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “127 Hours,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Winter’s Bone.”
Battling it out for the Best Actor in a Lead Role category are Javier Bardem (“Biutiful”), Jeff Bridges (“True Grit”), Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”), Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) and James Franco (“127 Hours”), who will also serve as host for this year’s awards show together with Anne Hathaway.
Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”), Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”), Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) and Michelle Williams (“Blue Valentine”), on the other hand, compete for the coveted Best Actress in a Lead Role award.
The 83rd Academy Awards, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will take place at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California. Halle Berry, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hanks, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Joahansson, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the presenters while Zachary Levi, Mandy Moore, A.R. Rahman, and Florence Welch are set to perform.
Velvet (SkyCable ch 53) will also air the Oscars live on cable on Monday, beginning 6:30 AM.