Best Animated Film
This yearâ€™s best animated film category is one of the strongest showings in recent memory. You could literally pick any of the three movies as the winner. â€œHow to Train Your Dragonâ€ was a load of fun, â€œThe Illusionistâ€ delivered artsy affection, and â€œToy Story 3â€ was a beautiful finale to an endearing series. The winner? â€œToy Story 3.â€ The Academy likes Pixar.
Best Supporting Actor
This category is a two-horse race, with Christian Bale and Geoffrey Rush battling it out. Bale is getting the majority of the buzz for his screen stealing performance as the ex-fighter, drug addict Dicky Eklund in â€œThe Fighter.â€ But if I had my way, Rush would get the nod for his captivating performance as King George VIâ€™s speech therapist in â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speech.â€
Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo basically has this category locked up. Her performance as the mother of boxers Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund in â€œThe Fighterâ€ will not be denied by Oscar.
All hail the king. Look for Colin Firth to win best actor for his depiction of King George VI in â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speech.â€ Not only did he have to establish a convincing stutter for his role, but he had to successfully play off of Rushâ€™s aforementioned performance as his bumbling therapist. Firth did that and more.
Natalie Portman is the front-runner and my pick to win best actress for her mind-bending performance as ballerina Nina Sayers in â€œBlack Swan.â€ The film gave her a role of a lifetime and she played it up. Annette Bening stands a shot for an upset for her role in â€œThe Kids Are Alright,â€ but Portman should bring home the Oscar.
Iâ€™m still confused as to why Christopher Nolan got snubbed in this category for â€œInception.â€ Nonetheless, the best director of 2010 is still there, and that is David Fincher. Like all of his films, every detail of â€œThe Social Networkâ€ was done to perfection, with narrative intrigue and visual splendor. There may be a possible upset with Tom Hooper for â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speech,â€ but my pick is for Fincher.
Even with 10 nominees, the award for best picture is a toss up between â€œThe Social Networkâ€ and â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speech.â€ Back in October, â€œThe Social Networkâ€ essentially had this award in the bag, but has since faded in lieu of buzz for Hooperâ€™s project.
Although both are worthy of the prize, Iâ€™ll stick to my word that â€œThe Social Networkâ€ should win. Every aspect of it was done so flawlessly, where two hours of nerds talking to each other became something captivating and defining for our generation. But the Academy is known to go for historical adaptations, so â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speechâ€ has a good chance to win as well.
Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.