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Film Friday: Oscar predictions
February 24, 2011 - Ray Eckenrode
Should win: Colin Firth
Will win: Colin Firth
Comments: What a run of jaw-dropping male performances we’ve had the past five years with Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn and Jeff Bridges. Firth fits in very well.
Should win: Hailee Steinfeld
Will win: Natalie Portman
Comments: Since Steinfeld is not nominated in the category she should be, Portman wins here with a performance that truly evoked madness.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Should win: Christian Bale
Will win: Christian Bale
Comments: We’d be equally happy with a John Hawkes win here, but it’s about time the Academy realizes what moviegoers have known since "American Psycho," Bale is brilliant.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Should win: Melissa Leo
Will win: Hailee Steinfeld
Comments: If you appear in every scene in a movie, you are a lead actress. An obvious stupid Academy trick here designed to ensure Steinfeld wins something.
Should win: Christopher Nolan
Will win:Darren Aronofsky
Comments: Human beings have been telling stories for 6,000 years. In the past 15 years, Nolan has found not one, but two, new ways to tell them. His omission here is one of the biggest jokes in Oscar history. We’re going with Aronofsky just because we know it will set Cory Giger off.
Dark fairy tale a little too demented for voter’s tastes
Amazing performances, but a story we’ve seen dozens of times
Part art film, part blockbuster, all amazing
The Kids Are All Right
A wonderful film with a wonderful message
The King’s Speech
Enjoyable (but typical) egghead story that Academy loves
Franco tour de force not enough to elevate this
The Social Network
Overrated, good film based on a great story
Toy Story 3
Underrated, should be a contender but Academy not ready
Suffers because it’s not quite “Coen” enough
If you live in poor, rural America, you know how great this movie is
Should win: Inception
Will win: The King’s Speech