Well, it all comes down to this, Best Picture of 2010. Of course, this will be presented in 2011, but the idea is there. Over the past weeks, there has been an attempt to predict the major categories of Oscar winners, as featured on the Examiner Movie Guide. The announcement of the nominees comes January 25 in the early morning. There have been predictions in all major categories including
Best Animated Feature, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor, and Best Actress and Best Director. But who will nab the coveted ten spots for the year in the eyes of the Academy? Read on to find out.
The Main Event
There are a few films that are sure nominations at this point and will be duking it out for last minute supremacy. The film to beat right now is The Social Network. It has won at nearly every major award show so far and has become the juggernaut to take down in this year’s race.
The other strong contenders that could pull the win off are Inception and The King’s Speech, two very contrasting films. One, a mind bending action film from the mind that brought us The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan. The other, a quieter drama about a king trying to overcome his stammer as World War II looms over his country.
Inception has been sweeping technical awards and will probably remain that way, while The King’s Speech has won a few major awards, it won’t have the stamina to take out the Facebook drama.
It’s just such an honor to be nominated
The rest, while a large group of outstanding films, will have to vie for other wins in acting and screenplay categories to pull an Oscar win unless the biggest surprise since Brokeback Mountain and Crash.
127 Hours and Black Swan, from two very innovative minds, will have better chances with their actors such as James Franco and Natalie Portman. However, they should get nominations no problem.
The Kids Are All Right won Best Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes which should secure the spot. Although, that category wasn’t looked upon with the highest regard this year. The Kids Are All Right scored a 94% from Rotten Tomatoes, the other four nominated films had a collected average of less than 45% so it was a walk away win for the movie since it was the only one with any serious quality behind it for awards season.
The Fighter and True Grit are both enjoying good box office runs and word of mouth, so they should join the rest no problem.
Toy Story 3 will become the third animated film with a Best Picture nomination, but has no chance of winning since it will handedly take the Best Animated Feature spot without even breaking a sweat.
The Tenth Spot
This is where things get tricky. There are several films that all have varying reasons to be admitted for the final spot on the list. Another Year is a quiet drama about an aging couple. Blue Valentine looks at a complicated relationship and went through quite the media frenzy surrounding the NC-17 rating and the successful appeal. Winter’s Bone was released several months ago but seems poised to launch Jennifer Lawrence’s career and possible Best Actress nomination. Releases from earlier this year, Shutter Island and The Ghost Writer, are desperately trying to no be overlooked.
The Town proved that Ben Affleck, like a fine wine, gets better with age in his second directorial effort. With the Academy overlooking the brilliance of Gone, Baby, Gone, this seems to be the prime candidate to take the tenth spot and leave the others wishing for that extra boost.
Final Predictions for Best Picture Nominations
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
Check back on January 25, when the nominees are announced, to check the accuracy of all predictions. Don’t forget to check where movies are showing in Denver movie theaters, as six of the nominees are in theaters currently.