Christopher Nolan's "Inception" was the top nominee in the this year's Satellite Awards, which is given out annually by a group called the International Press Academy, which is made up of entertainment journalists and was founded in 1996 by a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
"Inception" received 11 nominations, while "127 Hours" received nine, "The Social Network" seven and "The King's Speech" six.
"Alice in Wonderland," "Black Swan," "The Kids Are All Right," "The Town" and "Unstoppable" each received five nominations.
"As the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close, Hollywood with indomitable bravado rose to the occasion, delivering, in the final months, a prolific palette of critically acclaimed powerhouse contenders. In recognition of such an insurgence of exceptional performances, superior storytelling and impeccable filmmaking, the International Press Academy expanded the number of nominees within the major categories beyond the perennial five in order to give a befitting tribute to this unprecedented wealth of artistic excellence."
In other words, they've used the Oscars' move to 10 Best Picture nominees as an excuse to make sure that everything gets nominated. The Satellite Awards now have 10 Best Picture nominees, too, plus another seven nominees for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, seven for Foreign Language Film, six for Animated or Mixed Media, and 10 for Documentary.
And they don't stop at extra Best Picture nods – by expanding the roster in virtually all the movie categories, the IPA insures that almost every actor, actress, director or film even thought to be in contention has walked away with a nomination.
The awards luncheon – or, as the release has it, the "ceremonious occasion" – will take place on December 19 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.
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