25 January 2011 3:06 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech lead the Oscar nominations this morning with twelve mentions, making the regal drama the film to beat at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on February 27.

The Coen brothers’ True Grit followed closely with ten nominations and early frontrunner The Social Network finished with eight.  “Ten seems like an awful lot,” the Coen brothers said in a joint statement Tuesday.  ”We don’t want to take anyone else’s.”

All three were included in the “Best Picture” category, as expected, along with several other awards shoo-ins like The Kids Are All Right and Toy Story 3 (only the third animated film ever in the category).  Winter’s Bone was the only surprise in the field of ten, possibly edging out Ben Affleck’s critically-acclaimed The Town or Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, which were both snubbed from the ceremony entirely.

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- Jeff Leins

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