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‘Social Network,’ ‘Inception’ Lead Oscar Noms Already on Disc

The Social Network

By : John Latchem | Posted: 25 Jan 2011

While Hollywood was abuzz following the Jan. 25 announcement of the Academy Award nominations, the most important question among those in the home entertainment industry was which titles were already on disc.

The two films with the most nominations — The King’s Speech with 12 and the Coen Brothers’ True Grit remake with 10 — had not yet been announced for home video at the time of the announcement.

But not far behind, with eight nominations apiece, are two films that have been performing quite well on disc as of late: Warner Home Video’s Inception, released in early December, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Social Network, released Jan. 11.

The Social Network, the fictionalized account of the founding of Facebook.com that appeared to be the frontrunner the top prize before losing some momentum to The King’s Speech at the Producer’s Guild Awards, earned nominations for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, Best Director for David Fincher, Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg, Original Score, Film Editing, Cinematography and Sound Mixing.

Inception, though snubbed for Best Editing and Best Director honors for Christopher Nolan, still locked up nominations for Best Picture, Original Screenplay for Nolan, Original Score for Hans Zimmer, Cinematography, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Toy Story 3, the highest-grossing film of 2010, earned five nominations, including Best Picture and Best Animated Feature, as well as Adapted Screenplay, Sound Editing and Best Original Song for Randy Newman’s end credits tune “We Belong Together.” The Toy Story 3 disc also contains another nominee, Day & Night, which was nominated for Best Animated Short.

Two more Best Picture nominees already on disc grabbed four nominations apiece. Universal’s The Kids Are All Right is up for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Annette Bening and Best Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo. Lionsgate’s Winter’s Bone took noms for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence and Best Supporting Actor for John Hawkes.

Other nominees now available on disc include Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (nominated for art direction, costume design and visual effects), Sony Pictures’ Animal Kingdom (Best Supporting Actress for Jacki Weaver), Kino Lorber’s Dogtooth (Best Foreign-Language Film), Oscilloscope’s Exit Through the Gift Shop (Best Documentary Feature), New Video’s Gasland (Best Documentary Feature), Paramount/DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon (Best Animated Feature and Original Score), Magnolia’s I Am Love (costume design), Paramount’s Iron Man 2 (visual effects), Virgil’s Restrepo (Best Documentary Feature), Sony Pictures’ Salt (sound mixing), Warners’ The Town (Best Supporting Actor for Jeremy Renner) and Universal’s The Wolfman (makeup).

Among titles announced for disc but not yet released, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s 127 Hours, due March 1, leads the way with six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for James Franco, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Original Score and Original Song for “If I Rise.”

Also due soon on disc: Fox’s Unstoppable (sound editing) Feb. 15; Sony Pictures’ Inside Job (Best Documentary Feature) March 8; Warner’s Hereafter (visual effects) March 15; Disney’s Tangled (original song — “I See the Light”) and New Video’s Waste Land (Best Documentary Feature) March 29; and Image Entertainment’s The Way Back (makeup) April 19.

The Oscar statuettes will be handed out Feb. 27.

Title Noms Categories Studio Date
Best Picture Nominees        
127 Hours 6 Best Picture; Actor — James Franco; Adapted Screenplay; Original Score; Original Song — "If I Rise"; Editing Fox March 1 (prebook Feb. 2)
Inception 8 Best Picture; Original Screenplay; Original Score; Cinematography; Art Direction; Visual Effects; Sound Editing; Sound Mixing Warner Available Now
The Kids Are All Right 4 Best Picture; Actress — Annette Bening; Supporting Actor — Mark Ruffalo; Original Screenplay Universal Available Now
The Social Network 8 Best Picture; Actor — Jesse Eisenberg; Director — David Fincher; Adapted Screenplay; Original Score; Editing; Cinematography; Sound Mixing Sony Pictures Available Now
Toy Story 3 5 Best Picture; Animated Feature; Adapted Screenplay; Original Song — "We Belong Together"; Sound Editing Disney Available Now
Winter's Bone 4 Best Picture; Actress — Jennifer Lawrence; Supporting Actor — John Hawkes; Adapted Screenplay Lionsgate Available Now
Alice in Wonderland 3 Art Direction; Costume Design; Visual Effects Disney Available Now
Animal Kingdom 1 Supporting Actress — Jacki Weaver Sony Pictures Available Now
Day & Night 1 Animated Short Disney Available on Toy Story 3 Disc
Dogtooth 1 Foreign-Language Film Kino Lorber Available Now
Exit Through the Gift Shop 1 Documentary Feature Oscilloscope Available Now
Gasland 1 Documentary Feature New Video Available Now
Hereafter 1 Visual Effects Warner March 15 (prebook Feb. 8)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Animated Feature; Original Score Paramount/DreamWorks Available Now
I Am Love 1 Costume Design Magnolia Available Now
Inside Job 1 Documentary Feature Sony Pictures March 8 (prebook Feb. 3)
Iron Man 2 1 Visual Effects Paramount Available Now
Restrepo 1 Documentary Feature Virgil Available Now
Salt 1 Sound Mixing Sony Pictures Available Now
Tangled 1 Original Song — "I See the Light" Disney March 29 (prebook Feb. 15)
The Town 1 Supporting Actor — Jeremy Renner Warner Available Now
Unstoppable 1 Sound Editing Fox Feb. 15
Waste Land 1 Documentary Feature New Video March 29
The Way Back 1 Makeup Image April 19
The Wolfman 1 Makeup Universal Available Now


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