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Posted at 9:24 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Oscar nominations: Who's got a chance at the golden statue and who should have one

By Melissa Bell and Katie Rogers
.(Photos: AP, Weinstein Company).

Feel that giddy excitement in the air borne on a westwardly wind? It's the Oscar buzz coming from Los Angeles. With the awards show more than a month away, the race for the golden statue began today with the official nomination announcements for the 83rd Academy Awards. Mo'Nique, the winner of last year's supporting actress prize, read the nominations this morning at 8:15 Eastern. All over Southern California, lots of happy filmmakers are waking up to that congratulatory call: You've been nominated.

The nominations for the top prizes are:

Best motion picture
"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"The Kids Are All Right"
"The King's Speech"
"127 Hours"
"The Social Network"
"Toy Story 3"
"True Grit"
"Winter's Bone"

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Javier Bardem in "Biutiful"
Jeff Bridges in "True Grit"
Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network"
James Franco in "127 Hours"
Colin Firth in "The King's Speech"

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right"
Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone"
Natalie Portman in "Black Swan"
Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine"

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in "The Fighter"
Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech"
Melissa Leo in "The Fighter"
Hailee Steinfeld in "True Grit"
Jacki Weaver in "Animal Kingdom"

Best animated feature film of the year
"How to Train Your Dragon"
"The Illusionist"
"Toy Story 3"

Achievement in directing
"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"The King's Speech"
"The Social Network"
"True Grit"

(View the full list here. And read the Post's Celebritology ladies live blogging of the nominations)

Now, let the questions start in earnest. Should "Toy Story 3" really be in the best-picture lineup? Who, exactly, is Jennifer Lawrence? Why was Christopher Nolan overlooked?

Who were the #oscarshockers this year?

Who are you surprised to see on the nominee list? Who should have been on the nominee list? And the big question: who should win? Let us know your thoughts on the awards show using #oscarshockers on Twitter and we'll post the best back here.

Need inspiration? Here are a few tweets to get you started:

Surprises: Ryan Gosling gets shunned. A shame... his performance was beautiful. #oscarsless than a minute ago via Echofon

Well. Those were some boring Oscars noms. No big surprises anywhere.less than a minute ago via

Wow Toy Story 3 got nom'd for BOTH Best Picture and Best Animated? They can do that? #Oscarsless than a minute ago via web

By Melissa Bell and Katie Rogers  | January 25, 2011; 9:24 AM ET
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