"True Grit," Golden Globes lead Oscar losers

Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:50am EST
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "True Grit" was left in the dust at the Oscars on Sunday, failing to win a single prize despite receiving 10 nominations.

It marked the worst performance by a film at the Academy Awards since 2003, when "Gangs of New York" also went zero for 10.

The Coen brothers' western remake was a major box office hit but was never much of a contender during awards season. Its prominence in the Oscar race just behind newly crowned champion "The King's Speech," nominated in 12 categories, was a surprise.

Among the less fortunate "True Grit" nominees, cinematographer Roger Deakins was seeking his first Oscar on his ninth attempt. He was beaten by four-time contender Wally Pfister for "Inception."

Other leading films frozen out of the winners' circle included "127 Hours" with six nominations, and "The Kids Are All Right" and "Winter's Bone" with four each.

Among actors, "The Kids Are All Right" star Annette Bening was snubbed for the fourth time since 1991, losing on Sunday to best actress front-runner Natalie Portman for "Black Swan."

"Inception" filmmaker Christopher Nolan, whose omission from the best director race was one of the biggest shocks when the nominations were announced last month, received a pair of nods in other categories. But while the sci-fi saga ended up with four prizes, his name was never called out.