A Best Picture Challenge

The Academy Award nominations have been announced. Now it is time for some fun.

There are 10 films nominated for Best Picture. Can you include all of their titles in one sentence? This is my attempt:

In the 127 Hours before the Inception of The King’s Speech, The Fighter learned that The Kids Are All Right because they had True Grit during Winter’s Bone when the Black Swan joined The Social Network to watch Toy Story 3.

The rules are simple: it can only be one sentence and you have to include all ten.

Ready, go!

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The 2011 Academy Award Nominations

The Oscar nominations are in!

The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper masterful period film about King George VI and his st-st-stammer scored 12 nominations. After being shut out at the Golden Globes, Joel and Ethan Coen’s revamped True Grit followed with 10 nods. The Social Network received just eight nominations, as did Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Toy Story 3 became the third animated feature nominated for Best Picture. The complete list of nominations is available here.

After The King’s Speech topped the Producer’s Guild Awards this weekend  and the Academy’s  lack of showering The Social Network with accolades, skeptics are questioning whether or not 2010’s critical darling will win big on Oscar night. (Deep breath, TSN fans. The Facebook-saga will do just fine.)

Other notable omissions are Julianne Moore for The Kids Are All Right and Ryan Gosling for Blue Valentine. Their on-screen spouse (Annette Bening and Michelle Williams, respectively) both received best actress nominations. For performances that are so symbiotic, it is a shame the other half was left off the ballot.

I was also secretely hoping Barbara Hershey’s performance as the wonderfully creepy arand manic stage mother in Black Swan would score a supporting actress nomination.

Are you satisfied with the Oscar nominations? What do you see as the biggest Oscar snubs? Sound off below.

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Review: Toy Story 3 (2010)

When I first saw the teaser trailer for Toy Story 3 back in June 2009, I was apparently not a fan of Pixar’s latest installment. Looking back, I have to wonder – what the hell was wrong with me? Having now seen Toy Story 3, I am once again glad to be the cynic who is almost always proven wrong.

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Disney’s Got a New Attitude

Disney previews 10 new animated movies, most 3-D
Tuesday April 8 7:46 PM ET

The Walt Disney  Studios previewed 10 animated movies on Monday that it will release during the next four years, including further installments in the Toy Story” and Cars series and two new fairy tales.

With the exception of Wall.E, a robot love story opening on June 28, and The Princess and the Frog, a hand-drawn animated fairy tale set in New Orleans and due to open Christmas 2009, the remaining eight movies will be made in digital 3-D.

“We’re excited to be pushing the boundaries of 3-D and computer technology to tell our stories in the best possible way,” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

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Disney’s upcoming 3D movies are:

1. Bolt – the story of a dog of the same name who thinks he has superhero powers. John Travolta gives voice to Bolt while hit teen singer/actress Miley Cyrus is voicing Bolt’s owner Penny in the movie, due to open on November 26.

2. Up – the story of an unlikely 78-year-old adventurer and his 8-year-old sidekick, is due to be released on May 29, 2009.

3. The Toy Story Franchise – Toy Story and Toy Story 2 are due to be re-released in digital 3-D on October 2, 2009 and February 12, 2010 respectively, while Toy Story 3 is due to hit screens on June 18, 2010.

4. Rapunzel – The classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale about a girl trapped in a tower whose long golden hair is the only way for anyone to climb up to her, will be released at Christmas 2010.

5. Newt – A story of the last two blue-footed newts on the planet that aims to show that love is not a science, which is due to hit screens in summer 2011.

6. The Bear and the Bow – an action-adventure about a royal family in rugged and mythic Scotland — is slated to open Christmas 2011 starring the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson.

7. Cars 2 – Lightning McQueen and his best friend Mater bid to take on the world’s fastest cars, is due for release in summer 2012.

8. King of Elves – based on a 1953 short story by Phillip K. Dick, will hit screens at Christmas 2012.

Of course, you’ll have to wear those dorky glasses, but it just might be worth it

Then again, the hand drawn animation films are always wonderful, which is why I’m wicked excited about The Princess and the Frog.