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The Oscars 2011: Our picks!
Not a lot of surprises with this year's Academy picks, but who'll take away the gold? Well, we really liked The King's Speech...
And the nominees are....
* "Black Swan" Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
* "The Fighter" David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
* "Inception" Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
* "The Kids Are All Right" Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
* "The King's Speech" Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
* "127 Hours" Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
* "The Social Network" Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
* "Toy Story 3" Darla K. Anderson, Producer
* "True Grit" Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
* "Winter's Bone" Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers
Okay, tough call, but as we thought True Grit was over hyped crap, that's out. 127 hours was gripping, but an Oscar? Only three real contenders, as far as we're concerned: Black Swan, Winter's Bone and The King's Speech. Swan is the favorite, so we're going with Colin Firth's understated elegance in Speech. (though we're also rooting for Winter's Bone)
Actor in a Leading Role
* 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"
Colin Firth. Hands down.
Actress in a Leading Role
* 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"
Another tough one, Natalie Portman had the type of role that the Academy loves, very physical Acting. However, she also did that No strings attached mess, which could have dented her chances.... Jennifer Lawrence was wonderful in Winter's Bone, but I'm going to go with Michelle Williams for her beautiful, rich performance in Blue Valentine.
Actor in a Supporting Role
* 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"
Of course, I wold love to go for Geoffrey Rush, as he was brilliant in The King's Speech, but I'll go out on a limb and peg John Hawkes for The Winter's Bone. He was awesome, and oddly likeable.
Actress in a Supporting Role
* 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
Hailee Steinfeld because she has "Oscar" written all over. Though I don't really think she's a supporting actress, as she was in pretty much every scene. She was good though, even though I didn't like True Grit.
* "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
The Social Network. Because David Fincher is our King.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
* "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
The Social Network. Absolutely untellable story, and yet it flowed. Great work.