Following is a summary of critical reaction to the announcement of the Oscar nominations on Tuesday. "The King's Speech" led the field with 12 nominations, followed by "True Grit" with 10, and "The Social Network" and "Inception" with eight each.
"The list is remarkably broad and eminently fair. The five best leading actor performances are indisputably the five best and the same is true of the leading actresses. My predictions: Colin Firth ("The King's Speech") and Natalie Portman ("Black Swan)."
== James Lipton, host of Bravo's cable TV series Inside the Actors Studio
"How in the hell is (14-year-old "True Grit" star) Hailee Steinfeld a best supporting actress? Is there a height requirement now? You must be this tall for be nominated for a best actress award. Criminal."
== Robert Wilonsky, columnist with Dallas Observer
"It's not a surprise that ("The King's Speech") got all the nominations. I still think it will be a surprise if it wins best picture over 'Social Network'"
== Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine.com.
"On the basis of this showing, 'True Grit' may pass the presumed leader 'The Social Network.' My feeling is it may even out-talk the King and win for Best Picture."
== Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Perhaps the biggest single surprise is one that was left out. Christopher Nolan NOT getting nominated for 'Inception' when some (confused) people actually thought he could be an upset winner is a shocker."
== David Poland, Movie City News
"It was really great to see "Winter's Bone" do so well (with four nominations, including best picture). That's one thing that can be great about the Oscars. It can, in good circumstances, shine a lot of light on a small movie that really deserves attention."
== Bradley Jacobs, senior movie editor at US Weekly
SOURCES: Interviews with Reuters; rogerebert.suntimes.com, moviecitynews.com.