MOVIES | Community comes together to celebrate Oscar nominations


Hollywood glam met Asian cuisine as movie fans gathered at Thom Pham’s Wonderous Azian Kitchen in Minneapolis on Tuesday morning to watch the live 83rd Academy Awards nominations announcement.

Organizer William Panzarella, awake since 4 a.m., was making sure everything was in order. “It’s a great turnout, better than expected,” he said.

It was dark and it was early, but excitement filled the restaurant as Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique and Academy president Tom Sherak unveiled the nominations, which were displayed on several large screen televisions.

Pham and his staff prepared and served a family-style breakfast of Dim Sum to about 50 guests. “I love to cook and I love being here. It’s fun. Restaurants and bars are in the entertainment business too. I love Hollywood and I love movies. When I don’t work I watch movies,” said Pham, Azian Kitchen owner and executive chef.

The announcement breakfast was truly a community event. Attendees enjoyed an Oscar-worthy couture fashion show by local designers Christopher Straub, Emma Berg, Jenny Carle, and Carmichael Claith. The menswear came from the Minneapolis store Elsworth Menswear. Models walked to Rat Pack music and wore clothes in the theme of the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Handmade jewelry was worn by designer Bionic Unicorn of Minneapolis. and l’etoile magazine stylist Jahna Peloquin created the fashion show look. All the hair was fashioned by Jennifer Gullickson from The Hair-e-tic salon in Minneapolis.

In keeping with the upcoming Oscars, swag bags were handed out by Smart and Chic Beauty Lounge of northeast Minneapolis.

Announcement Breakfast and Oscar Night America

The Announcement breakfast was held to jump-start Minnesota’s Oscar Night America on February 27 at the Hotel Ivy. Cities across the United States vie to hold official Oscar telecast viewing parties during the Academy Awards ceremony, donating all proceeds to charity. The Twin Cities has an 18-year tradition of hosting Academy-sanctioned Oscar parties. For the second year, the Aegis Foundation is the official 2011 Red Carpet host. The two charities designated this year are the SMILE Network and The Link, said Panzarella, Aegis’ founder and executive director.  Pham said he donated the food and space for the Awards announcement in support of Oscar Night America, Minnesota.

(Above) Models from Arquette & Associates of Minneapolis modeled Oscar-worthy designs from local designers with the theme of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Nominations Announcement Breakfast. From left to right: Carmichael Claith (burgundy), Christopher Straub (white), Jenny Carle (grey), Emma Berg (blue). Jewelry by Bionic Unicorn.

(Above) Stylist Jahna Peloquin fixed the bow tie of model David Rettler before he walks the runway at the Oscars nominations announcement breakfast.

(Above) Handmade jewelry by local designer Bionic Unicorn of Minneapolis adorned the models at the Academy Awards nominations announcement breakfast.

(Above) Kate Iverson, left, editor-in-chief of l’etoile magazine, and William Panzarella, founder and executive director of the Aegis Foundation, greet atendees at the Oscars nominations announcement breakfast. The Aegis Foundation organized the event to kick-off their second annual Oscar Night America, Minnesota’s official Academy Awards viewing party. Minnesota has been holding viewing parties for 18 years.

(Above) Atendees at the Oscar nominations announcement breakfast enjoyed a family-styled meal of Dim Sum prepared by Thom Pham from Minneapolis’ Wonderous Azian Kitchen. Pictured are from right: Sam You, Kelly Schumacher, Sarah Fryberger-Madison, Carly Weiss, and Kristi Lehman.

(Above) The youngest Oscar announcement attendee: Quinn Madison, eight months, who is held by Kelly Schumacher.

(Above) Oscar winner Mo’Nique and Academy President Tom Sherak announce the 83rd Oscar nominations. (Photo by Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Javier Bardem in Biutiful (Roadside Attractions)
  • Jeff Bridges in True Grit (Paramount)
  • Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing)
  • Colin Firth in The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company)
  • James Franco in 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Christian Bale in The Fighter (Paramount)
  • John Hawkes in Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions)
  • Jeremy Renner in The Town (Warner Bros.)
  • Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)
  • Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)
  • Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole (Lionsgate)
  • Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions)
  • Natalie Portman in Black Swan (Fox Searchlight)
  • Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in The Fighter (Paramount)
  • Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company)
  • Melissa Leo in The Fighter (Paramount)
  • Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit (Paramount)
  • Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best animated feature film of the year

  • How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount), Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • The Illusionist (Sony Pictures Classics), Sylvain Chomet
  • Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney), Lee Unkrich

Achievement in art direction

  • Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney), Production Design: Robert Stromberg, Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.), Production Design: Stuart Craig, Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • Inception (Warner Bros.), Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas, Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
  • The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Production Design: Eve Stewart, Set Decoration: Judy Farr
  • True Grit (Paramount), Production Design: Jess Gonchor, Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Achievement in cinematography

  • Black Swan (Fox Searchlight), Matthew Libatique
  • Inception (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister
  • The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Danny Cohen
  • The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), Jeff Cronenweth
  • True Grit (Paramount), Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design

  • Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney), Colleen Atwood
  • I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures), Antonella Cannarozzi
  • The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Jenny Beavan
  • The Tempest (Miramax), Sandy Powell
  • True Grit (Paramount), Mary Zophres

Achievement in directing

  • Black Swan (Fox Searchlight), Darren Aronofsky
  • The Fighter (Paramount), David O. Russell
  • The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Tom Hooper
  • The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), David Fincher
  • True Grit (Paramount), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best documentary feature

  • Exit through the Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency), A Paranoid Pictures Production, Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
  • Gasland, A Gasland Production, Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
  • Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics), A Representational Pictures Production, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • Restrepo (National Geographic Entertainment), An Outpost Films Production, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
  • Waste Land (Arthouse Films), An Almega Projects Production, Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Best documentary short subject

  • Killing in the Name, A Moxie Firecracker Films Production, Nominees to be determined
  • Poster Girl, A Portrayal Films Production, Nominees to be determined
  • Strangers No More, A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
  • Sun Come Up, A Sun Come Up Production, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
  • The Warriors of Qiugang, A Thomas Lennon Films Production, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Achievement in film editing

  • Black Swan (Fox Searchlight), Andrew Weisblum
  • The Fighter (Paramount), Pamela Martin
  • The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Tariq Anwar
  • 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight), Jon Harris
  • The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Best foreign language film of the year

  • Biutiful (Roadside Attractions), A Menage Atroz, Mod Producciones and Ikiru Films Production, Mexico
  • Dogtooth (Kino International), A Boo Production, Greece
  • In a Better World (Sony Pictures Classics), A Zentropa Production, Denmark
  • Incendies (Sony Pictures Classics), A Micro-Scope Production, Canada
  • Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) (Cohen Media Group), A Tassili Films Production, Algeria

Achievement in makeup

  • Barney’s Version (Sony Pictures Classics), Adrien Morot
  • The Way Back (Newmarket Films in association with Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Image Entertainment), Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
  • The Wolfman (Universal), Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount), John Powell
  • Inception (Warner Bros.), Hans Zimmer
  • The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Alexandre Desplat
  • 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman
  • The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Coming Home” from Country Strong (Sony Pictures Releasing [Screen Gems]), music and lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges, and Hillary Lindsey
  • “I See the Light” from Tangled (Walt Disney), music by Alan Menken, lyric by Glenn Slater
  • “If I Rise” from 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight), music by A.R. Rahman, lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
  • “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney), music and lyric by Randy Newman

Best motion picture of the year

  • Black Swan (Fox Searchlight), A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, producers
  • The Fighter (Paramount), A Relativity Media Production, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, producers
  • Inception (Warner Bros.), A Warner Bros. UK Services Production, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, producers
  • The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), An Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision and Gilbert Films Production, Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, producers
  • The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), A See-Saw Films and Bedlam Production, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, producers
  • 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight), An Hours Production, Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, producers
  • The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), A Columbia Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, producers
  • Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney), A Pixar Production, Darla K. Anderson, producer
  • True Grit (Paramount), A Paramount Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, producers
  • Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions), A Winter’s Bone Production, Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, producers

Best animated short film

  • Day & Night (Walt Disney), a Pixar Animation Studios Production, Teddy Newton
  • The Gruffalo, a Magic Light Pictures Production, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
  • Let’s Pollute, a Geefwee Boedoe Production, Geefwee Boedoe
  • The Lost Thing, (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment), a Passion Pictures Australia Production, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
  • Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary), a Sacrebleu Production, Bastien Dubois

Best live action short film

  • The Confession (National Film and Television School), a National Film and Television School Production, Tanel Toom
  • The Crush (Network Ireland Television), a Purdy Pictures Production, Michael Creagh
  • God of Love, a Luke Matheny Production, Luke Matheny
  • Na Wewe (Premium Films), a CUT! Production, Ivan Goldschmidt
  • Wish 143, a Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures Production, Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Achievement in sound editing

  • Inception (Warner Bros.), Richard King
  • Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney), Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
  • Tron: Legacy (Walt Disney), Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
  • True Grit (Paramount), Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
  • Unstoppable (20th Century Fox), Mark P. Stoeckinger

Achievement in sound mixing

  • Inception (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
  • The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen, and John Midgley
  • Salt (Sony Pictures Releasing), Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan, and William Sarokin
  • The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, and Mark Weingarten
  • True Grit (Paramount), Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Achievement in visual effects

  • Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney), Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas, and Sean Phillips
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.), Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz, and Nicolas Aithadi
  • Hereafter (Warner Bros.), Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski, and Joe Farrell
  • Inception (Warner Bros.), Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, and Peter Bebb
  • Iron Man 2 (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment, Distributed by Paramount), Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright, and Daniel Sudick

Adapted screenplay

  • 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight), screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney), screenplay by Michael Arndt, Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich
  • True Grit (Paramount), written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Original screenplay

  • Another Year (Sony Pictures Classics), written by Mike Leigh
  • The Fighter (Paramount), screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • Inception (Warner Bros.), written by Christopher Nolan
  • The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
  • The King’s Speech (the Weinstein Company), screenplay by David Seidler

Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories: actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominations are selected by vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees. Nominations ballots were mailed to the 5,755 members in late December.

All active and life members of the Academy are eligible to select the winners in all categories, although in five of them—Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject and Foreign Language Film—members can vote only if they have seen all of the nominated films in those categories.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.