83rd annual Academy Award nominations announced [SLIDESHOW]

Alyssa Moody Contributor
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Nominees for the 83rd annual Academy Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles.

The King’s Speech leads the pack with 12 nominations, including a best actor nomination for Colin Firth, and best supporting actress and actor nominations for Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

The ten films competing for Best Picture at the 83rd Academy Awards are Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter’s Bone.

Natalie Portman leads the Best Actress race for her critically acclaimed portrayal of a disturbed ballerina in Black Swan. Portman will compete against Annette Bening, (The Kids are Alright) Michelle Williams, (Blue Valentine) Nicole Kidman, (Rabbit Hole) and Jennifer Lawrence, (Winter’s Bone).

Jeff Bridges, last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Actor, is nominated again this year for his lead role in True Grit. Bridges will compete against Colin Firth, (The King’s Speech) James Franco, (127 Hours) Jesse Eisenberg, (The Social Network) and Javier Bardem, (Biutiful) for the Oscar.

Golden Globe winners Christian Bale and Melissa Leo of The Fighter are the anticipated front-runners in the race for Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively.  Notably absent from the supporting actress category is Mila Kunis, who delivered a strong performance in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller, Black Swan — after a Golden Globe nomination, the Academy snub comes as quite a surprise for fans.

The Social Network’s David Fincher, winner of Best Director at the Golden Globes, will compete against Darren Aronofsky, (Black Swan) Tom Hooper, (The King’s Speech) Joel and Ethan Coen, (True Grit) and David O. Russell, (The Fighter) for the Academy Award.

The 83rd annual Academy Awards, hosted by Anne Hathaway and Best Actor nominee, James Franco, will air on February 27.