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Academy Awards

January 30, 2011

Its that time again, ladies and gents! The time where I tell you what I think… like that doesn’t happen every day. Who do you think is going to win?

PS, I didn’t decide on every category. I just don’t know enough about sound mixing to tell you!

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”

Its definitely going to be Mr. Firth. If it isn’t him, it’ll be Javier Bardem. Right now, Histo-dramas are all the rage, and with Firth playing a repressed, scared royal with a stammer, you can’t beat it.

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”

Christian Bale in “The Fighter”. He was epic- manic and crazy and angry, depressed and all of these things in the space of three seconds.

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”

This will be the hardest for me to choose! Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right” was such a perfect balance, Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” was absolutely mesmerizing and Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine” was so emotionally charged and raw.

I liked Michelle Williams best, but I think Portman will take the statue.

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”

I didn’t see “Animal Kingdom”, but the pickings from the other three are pretty sparse. I can’t really imagine any of those warranting an Academy. I liked Hailee Steinfeld the best, though, so I’ll put my money on her.

Costume Design

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
  • “I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
  • “The King’s Speech” Jenny Beavan
  • “The Tempest” Sandy Powell
  • “True Grit” Mary Zophres

I adore Colleen Atwood- she’s been my costume hero since I was twelve. She’s got loads of awards, and I think she’s amazing, but Sandy Powell’s design of “The Tempest” was so extrordinary, I have to skip over Atwood. The Wall Street Journal referred to the costume style as Elizabethan-Punk. I have to agree.

Best Picture

  • “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

“Black Swan” has it in the bag, but I wouldn’t underestimate “The King’s Speech” or “The Social Network”.  

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

I’ve got my vote on “127 Hours”. I’m afraid “The Social Network” might win, but I thought the script was trite at best.

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • “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

Serious, talk about creative.

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