Time to place your bets. What are your Oscar predictions this year? If you’re like me, you haven’t managed to make it to every single one of the nominated movies. But even if you’ve only seen a handful, it’s still fun to watch the awards, see everyone in their finery, and get caught up in the drama of it all.
As a former Chicagoan, my favorite film critic is Roger Ebert, so I hopped onto his Web site to check out the full list of nominations. And athough I remember this change being made, I was startled to see so MANY nominees for best picture. In case you’ve been living under a rock (or have other things to do besides follow Hollywood news and fawn over celebrities) here are the nominees: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone.
Now, I think I may have seen 10 movies this year, but since a bunch of them were animated, my list does not exactly line up with this one. Maybe that says something about my taste in movies. But not having seen a film will not stop me from predicting its fate! I am going to go with The King’s Speech for best picture, mainly because I hear the other frontrunner is Black Swan and I know far too many people who saw that film and had a very lukewarm reaction.
As for Best Actor, I’m also going with Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) although I was very impressed with Jesse Eisenberg in the Facebook movie. For Best Actress, there are some big names nominated (Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence, Annette Bening, and Michelle Williams) and in this particular category I am guessing Natalie Portman. What do you think?
For Best Supporting Actor, I would love to see Christian Bale win for his role as the druggie brother in The Fighter, but I also really enjoyed Jeremy Renner as the bad boy sidekick in the movie, The Town.
Of all the categories, I think Best Supporting Actress will be most interesting this year. I am hoping for 15-year-old Hailee Steinfeld who blew me away in True Grit. Also impressive was Amy Adams as Mark Wahlberg’s tough girlfriend in The Fighter. A friend of mine swears the award will go to Helena Bonham Carter from The King’s Speech (are you seeing a trend here? That movie is getting lots of buzz, and I’m glad because I’m a fan of old Colin.)
One part of the show I always look forward to (no, not the lame introductions) is the musical performances. I will never forget Alison Krauss performing two songs from the Cold Mountain soundtrack. This year’s performers include Randy Newman and Gwenyth Paltrow. I’m not sure how exciting that will be, but we’ll see. Let’s at least hope they can remember the words to their songs.
One thing I know will be fun is hearing all the snarky comments about everyone’s clothes as they grace the red carpet. Who do you think will have the best dress? Or even more fun, the worst?
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