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The 82nd Academy Awards

Gold Standard

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

FEBRUARY 27, 2011: Well... it wasn't exactly a clean sweep, with The King's Speech winning four Oscars in the top categories and Inception winning another four in the technical categories. The Social Network came away with three, and Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, and The Fighter earned two each. Black Swan earned one top award, and True Grit, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, and Winter's Bone went home empty-handed. I haven't seen the foreign language winner, In a Better World, yet, but it looks pretty typical and will most likely be forgotten in a few years. But at least the Best Documentary win for Inside Job will hopefully point people toward that crucial film. I also suspect that we will be hearing more from the Best Live Action Short winner, Luke Matheny. Just a gut feeling. As for the show, it had its moments, but Anne Hathaway totally charmed me as a host. I'm not so sure about her co-host, but then, I'm a guy...

JANUARY 25, 2011: Not a terrible batch this year, as I would actually recommend all ten of the best picture nominees, though only a few of them are really among the best pictures of the year. The King's Speech is fine, but it's really nothing more than this year's historical British costume movie, not much different from anything else released in the past 15 years. And yet it's in the lead at the moment, with the most nominations and also the PGA award. The nomination that most puzzles me, though, is Best Cinematography. Really?

Some nice nominees include True Grit, The Social Network and Black Swan, all of which were on my ten best list, and Toy Story 3, The Kids Are All Right, and Winter's Bone, which were runners-up. The Best Documentary nominee Exit Through the Gift Shop was also a runner-up. Two of my other favorites, Hereafter and I Am Love snagged one nomination each. I liked seeing Trent Reznor (formerly of Nine Inch Nails) nominated for his excellent Social Network score. And Rick Baker is back for his makeup for The Wolfman. But otherwise, it's business as usual, with a typical batch of dull foreign language films to top things off.

As for the actors, Jesse Eisenberg, James Franco, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, John Hawkes, and Mark Ruffalo have their first nominations this year. Colin Firth has his second nomination, Annette Bening has her fourth, Natalie Portman has her second, Michelle Williams has her second, Jeremy Renner has his second, Amy Adams has her third, Helena Bonham Carter has her second, and Melissa Leo has her second. None of these have ever won. Of the previous Oscar winners, Jeff Bridges has his sixth nomination, Javier Bardem has his third nomination, Nicole Kidman has her third nomination, and Geoffrey Rush has his fourth nomination. At least Bening isn't going to lose to Hilary Swank for the third time!

In directing, David Fincher has his second nomination, and Tom Hooper, Darren Aronofsky and David O. Russell have their first nominations. Joel Coen has his third for Best Director, but Ethan Coen only has his second; Fargo was made back in the days when Joel would take a solo directing credit.

Here's the breakdown of nominations:
12 nominations: The King's Speech
10 nominations: True Grit
9 nominations: The Social Network
7 nominations: The Fighter
6 nominations: 127 Hours, Black Swan, Inception
5 nominations: Toy Story 3
4 nominations: The Kids Are All Right, Winter's Bone
3 nominations: Alice in Wonderland
2 nominations: Biutiful, Harry Potter and the Deathly Halloww: Part I, How to Train Your Dragon
1 nomination: Animal Kingdom, Another Year, Blue Valentine, Dogtooth, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Hereafter, The Illusionist, Inside Job, Iron Man 2, Rabbit Hole, Restrepo, Salt, The Town, Tron: Legacy, Unstoppable, Waste Land

Watch this space for upcoming predictions, personal choices, and lists of overlooked films.

Nominees Jeff's Take & Results
Best Picture
  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter's Bone
  • The Winner: The King's Speech
    My Prediction: The King's Speech
    My Vote: Black Swan
    Unfairly Overlooked: Hereafter, Somewhere, The Ghost Writer
    Best Actor
  • Javier Bardem, Biutiful
  • Jeff Bridges, True Grit
  • Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
  • Colin Firth, The King's Speech
  • James Franco, 127 Hours
  • The Winner: Colin Firth
    My Prediction: Colin Firth
    My Vote: Jesse Eisenberg
    Unfairly Overlooked: Ryan Reynolds, Buried; Stephen Dorff, Somewhere
    Best Actress
  • Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
  • Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
  • Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
  • The Winner: Natalie Portman
    My Prediction: Natalie Portman
    My Vote: Natalie Portman
    Unfairly Overlooked: Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right; Tilda Swinton, I Am Love; Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
    Best Supporting Actor
  • 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
  • The Winner: Christian Bale
    My Prediction: Christian Bale
    My Vote: John Hawkes
    Unfairly Overlooked: Bill Murray, Get Low; Andrew Garfield, The Social Network; John Malkovich, Secretariat
    Best Supporting Actress
  • Amy Adams, The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
  • Melissa Leo, The Fighter
  • Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
  • Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
  • The Winner: Melissa Leo
    My Prediction: Melissa Leo
    My Vote: Hailee Steinfeld
    Unfairly Overlooked: Juliette Lewis, Conviction; Elle Fanning, Somewhere; Allison Janney, Life During Wartime; Helena Bonham Carter, Alice in Wonderland; Mila Kunis, Black Swan
    Best Director
  • Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
  • Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, True Grit
  • David Fincher, The Social Network
  • Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
  • David O. Russell, The Fighter
  • The Winner: Tom Hooper
    My Prediction: Tom Hooper
    My Vote: David Fincher
    Unfairly Overlooked: Clint Eastwood, Hereafter; Sofia Coppola, Somewhere; Roman Polanski, The Ghost Writer
    Original Screenplay
  • Mike Leigh, Another Year
  • Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington, The Fighter
  • Christopher Nolan, Inception
  • Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
  • David Seidler, The King's Speech
  • The Winner: The King's Speech
    My Prediction: The King's Speech
    My Vote: The Kids Are All Right
    Unfairly Overlooked: Chris Sparling, Buried; Peter Morgan, Hereafter; Gary Whitta, The Book of Eli; Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin, Black Swan
    Adapted Screenplay
  • Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
  • Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
  • Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Toy Story 3
  • Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, True Grit
  • Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Winter's Bone
  • The Winner: The Social Network
    My Prediction: The Social Network
    My Vote: The Social Network
    Unfairly Overlooked: Roman Polanski, Robert Harris, The Ghost Writer; Mary Bing, The Duel; Matt Reeves, Let Me In
    Cinematography
  • Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
  • Wally Pfister, Inception
  • Danny Cohen, The King's Speech
  • Jeff Cronenweth, The Social Network
  • Roger Deakins, True Grit
  • The Winner: Inception
    My Prediction: True Grit
    My Vote: Black Swan
    Unfairly Overlooked: Christopher Doyle, Ondine; Harris Savides, Somewhere; Yorick Le Saux, I Am Love
    Film Editing
  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network
  • The Winner: The Social Network
    My Prediction: The Social Network
    My Vote: The Social Network
    Unfairly Overlooked:
    Art Direction
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • True Grit
  • The Winner: Alice in Wonderland
    My Prediction: The King's Speech
    My Vote: True Grit
    Unfairly Overlooked:
    Costume
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • I Am Love
  • The King's Speech
  • The Tempest
  • True Grit
  • The Winner: Alice in Wonderland
    My Prediction: The King's Speech
    My Vote: I Am Love
    Unfairly Overlooked:
    Makeup
  • Barney's Version
  • The Way Back
  • The Wolfman
  • The Winner: The Wolfman
    My Prediction: Barney's Version
    My Vote: Barney's Version
    Unfairly Overlooked:
    Original Score
  • A.R. Rahman, 127 Hours
  • John Powell, How to Train Your Dragon
  • Hans Zimmer, Inception
  • Alexandre Desplat, The King's Speech
  • Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Social Network
  • The Winner: The Social Network
    My Prediction: The King's Speech
    My Vote: The Social Network
    Unfairly Overlooked:
    Original Song
  • "If I Rise" from 127 Hours, A.R. Rahman, Rollo Armstrong, Dido
  • "Coming Home" from Country Strong, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges
  • "I See the Light" from Tangled, Alan Menken, Glenn Slater
  • "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3, Randy Newman
  • The Winner: "We Belong Together"
    My Prediction: "If I Rise"
    My Vote: n/a
    Unfairly Overlooked:
    Sound Mixing
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • Salt
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
  • The Winner: Inception
    My Prediction: Inception
    My Vote: True Grit
    Unfairly Overlooked:
    Sound Editing
  • Inception
  • Toy Story 3
  • Tron: Legacy
  • True Grit
  • Unstoppable
  • The Winner: Inception
    My Prediction: Inception
    My Vote: True Grit
    Unfairly Overlooked:
    Visual Effects
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • Hereafter
  • Inception
  • Iron Man 2
  • The Winner: Inception
    My Prediction: Inception
    My Vote: Hereafter
    Unfairly Overlooked:
    Animated Feature Film
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Toy Story 3
  • The Winner: Toy Story 3
    My Prediction: Toy Story 3
    My Vote: Toy Story 3
    Unfairly Overlooked:
    Foreign Language Film
  • Biutiful (Mexico)
  • Dogtooth (Greece)
  • In a Better World (Denmark)
  • Incendies (Canada)
  • Outside the Law (Algeria)
  • The Winner: In a Better World
    My Prediction: Biutiful
    My Vote: n/a
    Unfairly Overlooked: Vincere, White Material, I Am Love, Wild Grass, Mother, The Strange Case of Angelica, Alamar, etc.
    Documentary Feature
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Gasland
  • Inside Job
  • Restrepo
  • Waste Land
  • The Winner: Inside Job
    My Prediction: Exit Through the Gift Shop
    My Vote: Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Unfairly Overlooked: Marwencol, Boxing Gym
    Documentary Short
  • Killing in the Name
  • Poster Girl
  • Strangers No More
  • Sun Come Up
  • The Warriors of Qiugang
  • The Winner: Strangers No More
    My Prediction: n/a
    My Vote: n/a
    Unfairly Overlooked:
    Animated Short
  • Day & Night
  • The Gruffalo
  • Let's Pollute
  • The Lost Thing
  • Madagascar, a Journey Diary
  • The Winner: The Lost Thing
    My Prediction: Day & Night
    My Vote: Day & Night
    Unfairly Overlooked:
    Live Action Short
  • The Confession
  • The Crush
  • God of Love
  • Na Wewe
  • Wish 143
  • The Winner: God of Love
    My Prediction: Na Wewe
    My Vote: The Confession
    Unfairly Overlooked:

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