Oscar Predictions for 2011

by Nick Cognata


Fellow movie goers, February 27th is rapidly approaching, and you know what that means.  But for those who don’t, here’s a hint: the people involved with the greatest movies of 2010-2011 are competing for the Academy Awards (a.k.a the Oscars). Since 1929, winning an Oscar is the highest honor there is in the movie industry.  As I said before, the awards ceremony is right around the corner.

Hollywood's most coveted honor

Let’s face it, the average Oscar viewer will not care one bit about what movie wins for best documentary, foreign film, best costumes, etc. They are only interested in the most popular categories: best picture, director, adapted screenplay, original screenplay,  actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress.  So without further ado, here are my Oscar nominee and winner predictions.

Disclaimer: Please know before reading this that Best Picture has a limit of eleven nominations, the rest of the categories can have five. So if I have categories where the nominations exceed the limit please understand that they are all just possible nominations.

Best Picture:
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

The Town
Blue Valentine

Winner: The Social Network

Best Director:
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Danny Boyle,127 Hours
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
Mike Leigh, Another Year

Winner: David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy,127 Hours
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Michael Ardnt,Toy Story
Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit
Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, Winter’s Bone

Winner: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Original Screenplay:
Mike Leigh, Another Year
Christopher Nolan, Inception
Lisa Cholodenko & Studart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler,The King’s Speech

Winner: David Seidler, The King’s Speech

Best Actor:
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Robert Duvall, Get Low
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Winner: Colin Firth, The Kings Speech

Best Actress:

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Sally Hawkins, Made in Dagenham
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Lesley Manville, Another Year
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Alright

Winner: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Matt Damon, True Grit
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Bill Murray, Get Low
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Alright

Winner: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress:
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Barbara Hershey, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Miranda Richardson, Made in Dagenham
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Ann Guilbert,, Please Give
Mila Kunis, Black Swan

Winner: Melissa Leo, The Fighter




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