Check back here in the morning, 8:30 AM Eastern time, 5:30 AM Pacific time, as Blast Magazine live blogs the Oscar nominations.

We’re going to be updating the list of nominees live, with our reactions and thoughts.

After the nominations come out, check back throughout the day for commentary and analysis on the nominations–and snap predictions on who’s going to win the ultimate film prizes.

Some of the crazier things that could happen at the nomination announcements:

–“The Social Network” earns more than one Best Supporting Actor nominaton: Arnie Hammer, or dare we say it–Justin Timberlake–could end up with Oscar Nominations, along with Andrew Garfield, AKA the Next Spider-Man

–Julianne Moore is nominated for Best Actress: Moore has been heavily overlooked by Annette Benning this awards season, though I personally preferred Moore in the film. They carried the load together, and she could sneak in an Oscar nomination

–Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are nominated for Best Actor and Actress for “Blue Valentine:” One of my favorite films of the year, they deserve nominations–will they each score their second Oscar nomination?

–Hailee Steinfeld of “True Grit” is nominated in Best Actress category: the film company has been campaigning for Steinfeld in the Supporting Actress Role, though many have speculated it was more a lead performance, so she could sneak in a nomination

–“The Social Network,” “Black Swan,” “True Grit” and “King’s Speech” all end up with near double digit nominations: Kind of a strange one to call, but “Network” will receive nominations for Picture, Actor, Director, Writer, Cinematography, Score and Art Direction. A couple of surprise nominations–such as one or more Supporting Actor nominees could bump it to 10, while each other film could snag some surprise nominations to bump them as well. Either way, I believe we’re looking at two 10+ nomination films this year…

8:37 AM: So I woke up early to watch these nominations, and all I see is Dalton Ross from EW and some chick talking about true love. Where are the nominations?

8:38 AM: Here we go. Let the Oscar race begin…

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams for “The Fighter”, Helena Bonham Carter for “King’s Speech”, Melissa Leo for “The Fighter,” Haley Steinfeld for “True Grit”, Jackie Weaver for “The Animal Kingdom”

Best Actor in A Supporting Role: Christian Bale for “The Fighter”, John Hawks for “Winter’s Bone”, Jeremy Renner for “The Town”, Mark Ruffalo for “The Kids are All Right”, Geoffrey Rush for “The King’s Speech”

Best Actress: Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine”, Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone”, Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole”, Annette Benning for “The Kids Are All Right” and Natalie Portman for “Black Swan”

Best Actor: Javier Bardem for “Biutiful”, Jeff Bridges for “True Grit”, Jesse Eisenberg for “The Social Network”, Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”, James Franco for “127 Hours”

Best Director: Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan”, David O Russell for “The Fighter”, David Fincher for “The Social Network”, Joel and Ethan Coen for “True Grit”, Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech”

Best Original Screenplay: Another Year, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech

Best Adapted Screenplay: 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s Bone

Best Animated Feature Film: How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, Toy Story 3

Best Picture: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s Bone

So time for reactions! Couldn’t type fast enough to keep up with the announcement, let alone react, so I had to pause them, but here are some quick thoughts.

Jackie Weaver for “Animal Kingdom” was a huge surprise–no major nominations yet she snags a spot.

“Winter’s Bone” for Best Picture–we’ll debate later which lost its spot to the film, but it had no major film nominations prior–and now a Best Picture? This could be a good sign for Jennifer Lawrence to win Best Actress? Last year Sandra Bullock voting was able to drag “Blind Side” to a Best Picture nomination as well.

A HUGE SURPRISE was Javier Bardem’s inclusion in the Best Actor race. Julia Roberts has been campaigning for his film “Biutiful” (Read the BLAST REVIEW here) and it looks like she succeeded.

More to come..

Talk about the critics ruling the awards shows. Jackie Weaver had more than a dozen nominations for local critics groups, but no SAG, Golden Globe or other major support, yet she still stole a supporting actress spot (likely from Mila Kunis)? Interesting development.

Bardem’s inclusion was somewhat predicted. He didn’t have a lot of steam from the other major groups, but the Oscars are their own vehicle. It didn’t hurt that Julia Roberts was full-on campaigning for him. The last time she did that was for Denzel Washington for “Training Day.” Didn’t he win? So the question now is–does Bardem, a late addition to the race–sneak in and win Best Actor?

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