TRUE GRIT GETS 10
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominations for this year’s Oscars, Joel and Ethan Coen’s True Grit tallied 10 nods – second only to the dozen nominations for The King’s Speech (which, we’re told, is severely lacking in gunfights, rattlesnakes and cowboys.) In addition to a nomination in the Best Picture category, True Grit also saw Jeff Bridges (Rooster Cogburn) nominated in the best actor category, Hailee Steinfeld in the best supporting actress category, as well as nominations for cinematography, art direction, costume design, sound editing and sound mixing. The Coen Brothers were also nominated for directing and writing (adapted screenplay). Fun fact: If Jeff Bridges wins, it will be the first time two actors have won an Academy Award for their portrayal of the same character since Robert DeNiro won for playing Vito Corleone in 1974’s The Godfather, Part II. John Wayne won the award for playing Rooster Cogburn in 1969’s True Grit and Marlon Brando won for his portrayal of Vito Corleone in 1972’s The Godfather.