… and my predictions of winners. Even though this year was, at least for anyone who paid any attention a very predictable nominee year, we can still celebrate some great films on this list, and even some mild surprises! The expected diss for sci-fi (Nolan’s personal masterpiece not nominated for directing), the perhaps unexcpected love for the Coen brothers, True Grit and Jeff Bridges, Michelle Williams’ nomination for best actress, Mark Ruffalo for best supporting and Javier Bardem for best actor, Nolan’s and Boyle’s snub for best director.. What’s there to say besides, cannot wait! The winners will be announced Sunday 27th of February!
Best Motion Picture of the Year :
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
For me this is a battle between The Social Network and The King’s Speech. But I’m going with TSN, just due to the fact that most often Best Film and Director go hand in hand, and TBH I don’t see any way Tom Hooper would defeat the Finch in that category.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem for Biutiful
Jeff Bridges for True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network
Colin Firth for The King’s Speech
James Franco for 127 Hours
The year of the Jays. Inclusion of Javier and Jeff were surprising, I didn’t think that they would nominate Bridges afer winning last year, but his ‘Rooster’ in True Grit was pretty fantabulous. But still for sure this for Colin Firth? Unless they pull out the wild card and give it to Franco.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman for Black Swan
Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine
This is the most unpredictable category by far. They’ll probably go the safe pregant-and-engaged-Harvardee, but any of these women is well deserving. Bening has long been overshadowed but got glory in the Globes; Nicole Kidman has finally laid off the Botox to play a grieving mother in the tearjerker Rabbit Hole; Lawrence and Williams are THE young actresses to watch. It’s tricky, but I still prefer Lawrence by an inch above all and hope they don’t go with Portman. No one wants to hear that speech again..
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale for The Fighter
John Hawkes for Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner for The Town
Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush for The King’s Speech
John Hawkes! Mark Ruffalo! Jeez.. Bale is so getting this right? He’s been putting up the good guy routine for a quite a while now, he’s promoting like hell and he already got the Globe and got a little showbiz when accepting it. Some spice in speeches the Academy says. Bale FTW!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams for The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter for The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo for The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit
Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom
I have faith that one day people will get over how weird Bonham Carter is and give her the acting respect she deserves, but I don’t think this is the time yet. Great category, for me the female performances ruled 2010. I’m going with Weaver, her performance was crazy good, but it could be either of the Fighter ladies too. You pick!
Best Achievement in Directing
Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen for True Grit
David Fincher for The Social Network
Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech
David O. Russell for The Fighter
A little F U to the Academy for dissing Nolan (if you go sci-fi forgetaboutit) .. Maybe they’re counting on the third Batman to give this to him, and even if he had been nominated he wouldn’t have won because this is grumpy Finchie’s year! Love the Finch + he hates events = should be an interesting night.
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Another Year by Mike Leigh
The Fighter by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Inception by Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right by Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech by David Seidler
For the characters this should go to The Fighter, for overall emotion to The King’s Speech, for creativity Inception(haha as if!).
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
127 Hours : Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network : Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 : Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
True Grit : Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone : Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini
This is a really tough one. 127 should be commended for even making that story work at all, True Grit is one of the finest adaption works I’ve ever seen as is Winter’s Bone, but this is one of those trio thing Film, Director, Screenplay. Plus Sorkin looks good in photos.
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
How to Train Your Dragon : Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
The Illusionist : Sylvain Chomet
Toy Story 3 : Lee Unkrich
How hard they campaign, we are still years away from an Animated Feature winning the Best Film Category. Sorry, this is all you’re getting for now. Maybe Toy Story 4? …
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Biutiful : Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico)
Dogtooth : Giorgos Lanthimos (Greece)
In a Better World : Susanne Bier (Denmark)
Incendies : Denis Villeneuve(Canada)
Outside the Law : Rachid Bouchareb (Algeria)
I want to have said that I’ve seen all of these, but I would be lying. Biutiful and In A Better World are the only ones. I’m picking Biutiful because I love Iñárritu. A lot. Before Babel.
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Black Swan : Matthew Libatique
Inception : Wally Pfister
The King’s Speech : Danny Cohen
The Social Network : Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit : Roger Deakins
This for me the most handsdown thing (discluding Fincher) that made The Social Network. I mean that rowing scene made me want to die happy.
Best Achievement in Editing
127 Hours : Jon Harris
Black Swan : Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter : Pamela Martin
The King’s Speech : Tariq Anwar
The Social Network : Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall
People rarely get how much films are about editing, none of the acting and directing works if it’s not supported by great editing gift. I’m throwing my support behind the lady. It’s a very maledominated area (just like directing) and Martin truly has balls, loved the sharp cuts in The Fighter.
Best Documentary, Features
Exit Through the Gift Shop : Banksy, Jaimie D’Cruz
GasLand : Josh Fox
Inside Job : Charles Ferguson
Restrepo : Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
Waste Land : Lucy Walker
Love this category, and love the love for Banksy. If he won, it would be truly interesting to see what happens on stage. But the things that I’ve heard about Restrepo… Win!
For a full list of nominees on IMDB, click here.