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Nick’s Oscar Picks! UPDATED: With Winners!

Posted by on February 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Well, we’re only a few days away from Sunday’s latest Oscar extravaganza in which the best films will be recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But which ones will actually win? I have a clue… see my picks inside!

My picks are highlighted in bold/italic below, the winners are in orange! (Thanks to Plainview at TeamXbox for the format!)

BEST PICTURE
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Javier Bardem – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
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

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams – The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

ART DIRECTION
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Black Swan – Matthew Libatique
Inception – Wally Pfister
The King’s Speech – Danny Cohen
The Social Network – Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit – Roger Deakins

COSTUME DESIGN
Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King’s Speech
The Tempest
True Grit

DIRECTING
Black Swan – Darren Aronofsky
The Fighter – David O. Russell
The King’s Speech – Tom Hooper
The Social Network – David Fincher
True Grit – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Exit through the Gift Shop
Gasland
Inside Job
Restrepo
Waste Land

FILM EDITING
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
How to Train Your Dragon
Inception
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
Country Strong – “Coming Home”
Tangled – “I See the Light”
127 Hours – “If I Rise”
Toy Story 3 – “We Belong Together”

SOUND EDITING
Inception
Toy Story 3
Tron: Legacy
True Grit
Unstoppable

SOUND MIXING
Inception
The King’s Speech
Salt
The Social Network
True Grit

VISUAL EFFECTS
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Another Year
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech

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  • Greg

    I think Bale has a really good shot at supporting actor, considering

    1. It’s a boxing movie, and
    2. He plays a character very far from “type.”

    However, his stock in the industry might still be stinging from that whole “Terminator: WHAT THE FUCK IS IT WITH YOU” tantrum at his DoP a while back.

    The King’s Speech might fall flat this year, as well. It’ll be interesting to see. It’s the only really obvious prestige picture in the running, and there’s been a lot of speculation that the Academy is pushing away from rewarding obvious Oscar bait, especially after the fiasco surrounding TDK’s snub.

    Time will tell.

    • Anonymous

      The King’s Speech will probably be the darling of the program, probably. Damn Weinsteins. Bale doesn’t stand a chance until he can start opening up with his performances.