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My Oscar Picks for 2011

It’s been a good year of moving watching. As of today, I’ve seen all but one of the Best Picture nominees, which is better than average. The one I’ve missed is Toy Story 3. You know how I feel about public weeping.

I stole this list from the Huffington Post. I’ve used ‘Winner’ to indicate which film I think will win, and ‘Favourite’ to indicate the film or performance I’d like to see win.

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network – Winner
127 Hours
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone – Favourite

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening (The Kids are All Right)
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)
Natalie Portman (Black Swan) – Winner, Favourite
Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) – Winner
James Franco (127 Hours) – Favourite
Jeff Bridges (True Grit)

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale (The Fighter)
John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone)
Jeremy Renner (The Town)
Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are All Right)
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) – Winner, Favourite

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams (The Fighter) – Winner, Favourite
Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

Achievement in Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Inception – Winner, Favourite
The King’s Speech
True Grit

Achievement in Cinematography
Black Swan
Inception – Winner, Favourite
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

Achievement in Directing
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
David O. Russell (The Fighter)
Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)
David Fincher (The Social Network) – Winner, Favourite
Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit)

Achievement in Film Editing
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
127 Hours – Winner, Favourite
The Social Network

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
How to Train Your Dragon
Inception – Favourite
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network – Winner

Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours
The Social Network – Winner
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone – Favourite

Original Screenplay
Another Year
The Fighter
Inception – Favourite
The Kids are All Right
The King’s Speech – Winner

What do you think I got wrong?

6 Responses to “My Oscar Picks for 2011”

  1. Derek K. Miller

    Hm. Didn’t know Toy Story 3 and The Social Network were “adapted” screenplays. My impression was The Social Network and the related book were written concurrently. And what is TS3 adapted from?

    Darren Reply:

    As it happens, I just read a New Yorker profile of Zuckerberg that discussed this. Apparently the writer of the book was handing each chapter to Aaron Sorkin as he finished them. So, technically, Sorkin was adapting from the book, I guess.

  2. gilliebean

    I’m guessing that you haven’t seen Biutiful. Javier Bardem is stunning in that role. He’s my favourite for Best Actor.

    Also, I can’t believe that Christopher Nolan isn’t nominated for Best Director; but that’s not your fault.

    Darren Reply:

    No, I haven’t seen ‘Biutiful’ yet, but it’s on my list. Bardem is among my favourite actors on the planet, so I’m sure he’s excellent.

    I recently read a rumour that he might play Roland in the adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower books, which would be awesome.

  3. alexis

    I’m convinced that the King’s Speech is going to take Best picture. It’s the safe vote and popular with older movie goers.

    I’m also kind of annoyed that Black Swan wasn’t nominated in visual effects. I think there were over 100 visual effects in the film! Perhaps it will win for editing?

    I’m surprised that you didn’t like Christian Bale in the Fighter for Best supporting actor. He basically stole that film for me.

    Darren Reply:

    I think Firth is a certainty for Best Actor–it’s an “I’ve got an affliction” role, and the Academy loves those.

    I feel like the Academy will choose the American triumph of “The Social Network”, with its good pedigree, than the British “The King’s Speech”.

    Yeah, the Best Actor category is wide open. I guess I feel like Rush is the safer bet, there, but I could be wrong.

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