AWARDS SEASON: “Inception” leads Satellite noms

I know people don't take it seriously, but the IPA Satellite Awards nominations came out today, and "Inception" took the most nominations. The International Press Academy are former members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes people, who split off over disagreements a few years ago. And I must say, the Satellite Awards hold true promise for me personally -  "Animal Kingdom" and "A Film Unfinished" , which were both snubbed by the Spirit Awards yesterday, both picked up nominations, the former in several catagories. Go Satellites!

The complete nominees list:

Motion Picture (Drama)
“127 Hours”
“Animal Kingdom”
“Blue Valentine”
“Get Low”
“The Ghost Writer”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
“The Town”
“Winter’s Bone”

Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)
“Cyrus”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“Made in Dagenham”
“The Other Guys”
“Please Give”
“Red”
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”

Director
Ben Affleck, “The Town”
Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
Danny Boyle, “127 Hours”
Lisa Cholodenko, “The Kids Are All Right”
David Fincher, “The Social Network”
Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
David Michod, “Animal Kingdom”
Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
Roman Polanski, “The Ghost Writer”
Debra Granik, “Winter’s Bone”

Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)
Javier Bardem, “Biutiful”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Inception”
Michael Douglas, “Solitary Man”
Robert Duvall, “Get Low”
Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
James Franco, “127 Hours”
Ryan Gosling, “Blue Valentine”

Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)
Steve Carrell, “Dinner for Schmucks”
Michael Cera, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”
Romain Duris, “Heartbreaker”
Andy Garcia, “City Island”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Love & Other Drugs”
John Malkovich, “Red”
John C. Reilly, “Cyrus”

Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama)
Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
Helen Mirren, “The Tempest”
Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
Noomi Rapace, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Tilda Swinton, “I Am Love”
Naomi Watts, “Fair Game”
Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical)
Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right”
Anne Hathaway, “Love & Other Drugs”
Sally Hawkins, “Made in Dagenham”
Catherine Keener, “Please Give”
Julianne Moore, “The Kids Are All Right”
Mary-Louise Parker, “Red”
Marisa Tomei, “Cyrus”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
Pierce Brosnan, “The Ghost Writer”
Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network”
Tommy Lee Jones, “The Company Men”
Bill Murray, “Get Low”
Sean Penn, “Fair Game”
Jeremy Renner, “The Town”
Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, “The Fighter”
Marion Cotillard, “Inception”
Anne-Marie Duff, “Nowhere Boy”
Vanessa Redgrave, “Letters to Juliet”
Rosamund Pike, “Barney’s Version”
Kristin Scott Thomas, “Nowhere Boy”
Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”
Dianne Wiest, “Rabbit Hole”

Screenplay (Original)
“Biutiful”
“The Eclipse”
“Get Low”
“Inception”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”
“Toy Story 3

Screenplay (Adapted)
“127 Hours”
“Fair Game”
“The Ghost Writer”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”
“The Social Network”
“The Town”
“Winter’s Bone”

Art Direction & Production Design
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Black Swan”
“Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky”
“I Am Love”
“Inception”
“Scott Pilgrim vs the World”
“Shutter Island”

Cinematography
“127 Hours”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
“I Am Love”
“Inception”
“Salt”
“Secretariat”
“Shutter Island”
“Unstoppable”

Costume Design
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Black Swan”
“Eat Pray Love”
“The King’s Speech”
“Robin Hood”

Film Editing
“Inception”
“Please Give”
“Shutter Island”
“The Social Network”
“The Town”
“Unstoppable”

Original Score
“127 Hours”
“Black Swan”
“The Eclipse”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
“Inception”
“Salt”
“The Social Network”
“Unstoppable”

Original Song
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours”
“Alice” from “Alice in Wonderland”
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from “Burlesque”
“Country Strong” from “Country Strong”
“What Part of Forever” from “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
“Eclipse (All Yours)” from “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

Sound (Editing and Mixing)
“127 Hours”
“Inception”
“Iron Man 2
“Nowhere Boy”
“Secretariat”
“Shutter Island”
“Unstoppable”

Visual Effects
“127 Hours”
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Inception”
“Iron Man 2
“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”
“Unstoppable”

Motion Picture (Foreign Language Film)
“Biutiful”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“I Am Love”
“Mother”
“Outside the Law”
“Soul Kitchen”
“White Material”

Motion Picture (Animated or Mixed Media)
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Despicable Me”
“How to Train Your Dragon”
“The Illusionist”
“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”
“Toy Story 3

Motion Picture (Documentary)
“Behind the Burly Q”
“Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer”
“Countdown to Zero”
“A Film Unfinished”
“Inside Job”
“Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”
“Restrepo”
“Sequestro”
“The Tillman Story”
“Waiting for Superman”

Winners will be announced December 19th at their annual ceremony in Los Angeles.

Tomorrow – The National Board of Review will hand out their honors. Top odds are on "The Social Network" for them, but we'll see. The NBR are not reviewers, nor are they critics – they're a highly snooty group in NY who love to court Warner Brothers films,  along with Clint Eastwood and George Clooney. The last several years, they've left off some important films, and a number of mucky mucks were "incensed" that NBR favored "Star Trek" on their top 10 while snubbing the darling of the season last year, "Precious".  I love to watch Roger Friedman sputter and spout about how horrible the NBR people are every year, and tomorrow will be no exception. Here's hoping NBR can also find some love for "Animal Kingdom", "A Film Unfinished", "It's Kind Of A Funny Story", and "Conviction", among many others this year…we'll know tomorrow…see ya then.

Oh and by the way, head on over to Indie Film Spotlight for the first list of competitiors at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival – Larry Richman has the complete list at http://indiefilmspotlight.com!