Relationships are an integral part of our real lives, so it's only fitting that they take center stage onscreen as well. Love-themed story lines were woven throughout 2011 Oscar nominated films, making for gripping, tragic, thrilling and wonderful entertainment. For better of for worse, some of the strongest cinematic moments focused on relationship dynamics, and we gleaned a few important lessons from the characters' struggles and triumphs. Take a look at the best onscreen pairings of the year, and then tune into the 83rd Academy Awards telecast on February 27 to see which of the nominations will score precious Oscar gold.
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1. The King's Speech. King George VI and Elizabeth. It takes a pretty strong couple to scale the obstacles in Best Picture nominee The King's Speech. Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) stands by her husband's side as he (Colin Firth) overcomes his stammer and ascends the throne of England. She reminded us of the love, support and communication we must rely on to face issues as a duo—which is always easier than managing problems solo. This onscreen bond helped land Firth and Bonham Carter Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively. Even if they don't win on Oscar night (though they very well might), we certainly think their on-screen relationship was a winning combination.
2. The Kids Are All Right. Nic and Jules. Sometimes partners stray and fall short in the relationship department. That happens in Kids when Jules (Julianne Moore) feels like her partner Nic (Annette Bening, a Best Actress nominee) has never appreciated her and cheats with the biological father of their two children. Yep, quite distressing. But even though they are both stinging from broken hearts and betrayal, Nic and Jules still care about each other and display one of the most necessary ingredients in any relationship: forgiveness. That theme helped this film score a coveted Best Picture nod. Hooray for that. Why You Can’t Have A Happy Relationship Without Forgiveness