2011 OSCAR NOMINATIONS & PREDICTIONS
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES:
Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter’s Bone
Who should win: Probably, The Social Network
Who will win: The Social Network
Barring an upset, this one seems a foregone conclusion.
BEST DIRECTOR NOMINEES: (Black Swan) Darren Aronofsky, (The Fighter) David O. Russell, (The King’s Speech) Tom Hooper, (The Social Network) David Fincher, (True Grit) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Who should win: Probably, Tom Hooper
Who will win: David Fincher
It’s The Social Networks’ year and this award rarely goes to a director that didn’t direct the Best Picture.
BEST ACTOR NOMINEES: Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”, Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”, Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”, Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”, James Franco in “127 Hours”
Who should win: Probably, Colin Firth
Who will win: Colin Firth
Always a bridesmaid, finally a bride!
BEST ACTRESS NOMINEES: Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”, Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”, Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”, Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”, Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”
Who should win: Probably, Natalie Portman
Who will win: Natalie Portman
Black Swan is one of the few I have still yet to see but I have a hard time seeing anybody beating Portman.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR NOMINEES: Christian Bale in “The Fighter”, John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”, Jeremy Renner in “The Town”, Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”, Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”
Who should win: Christian Bale
Who will win: Christian Bale
Would love to give it to John Hawkes but Bale is just so good in everything and his performance makes this film… plus, he’s way overdue.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS NOMINEES: Amy Adams in “The Fighter”, Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”, Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”, Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”, Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”
Who should win: Melissa Leo
Who will win: Melissa Leo
Head and shoulders above her competition.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet, “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich
Who should win: How to Train Your Dragon
Who will win: Toy Story 3
Pretty much a forgone conclusion considering the Best Picture nod!
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY NOMINEES: “Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh, “The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, “Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan, “The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg, “The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler
Who should win: Inception
Who will win: Inception
I think everyone feels like Inception deserves something. This is where it gets it’s due.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY NOMINEES: “127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy, “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, “Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich,
“True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, “Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
Who should win: Winter’s Bone
Who will win: The Social Network
I think the Academy would normally use this opportunity to award a Best Picture loser like 127 Hours or True Grit or even the Indie darling Winter’s Bone… that is, if Aaron Sorkin wasn’t in the mix.
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Exit Through the Gift Shop, Restrepo, Inside Job, Gasland, Waste Land
Who should win: Restrepo
Who will win: Restrepo
Though keep your eye on Gift Shop as a dark horse to sneak up and steal the win!