It seems that the omission of Chris Nolan as Best Director for Inception has sparked quite a controversy. I only saw The Kids Are Alright, Black Swan, and The King's Speech, and I was amazed at the direction of both King's Speech and Black Swan. But I just kept hearing about how Inception was so unique and well-directed, so I can understand the frustration. (I wasn't bowled over by The Kids Are Alright - although Annette Bening's moment of discovery was wonderful, unnecessary explicit sex scenes bother me, and I'm not a Mark Ruffalo fan. Eh.
And Ryan Gosling being left off the Best Actor category is just unacceptable, on principle - the guy never misses, and if Michelle Williams got a nod, naturally he should have had one. So who to leave off? As much as I love him, probably Jeff Bridges. His movie has a lot of momentum, which is probably why he got the nomination instead of Ryan. Critics said Bridges has done this type of character before, and well as he presents Rooster, he won last year - give somebody else a chance! (Love ya, Jeff
RI isn't even showing Winter's Bone, up-to-date state that it is.
Definitely see King's Speech - you won't be sorry. I loved Black Swan. I adore Natalie Portman anyway, so to have her and a story with ballet as the setting was great. But I loved the path the director led us down - haunting! It's one I want to see again, to catch all the things I missed the first time. So if you like ballet or Hitchcock, you'll like Black Swan.