It’s that time again, and I thought it would be good to get these picks on record, since I’m guesting on Trending Cinema this week alongside its esteemed hosts Simon Miraudo and Jon Tilton, as well as my esteemed husband Scott Admiraal. Many of these are no-brainers this year, and I wish I could say the same for others. But we’ll get there.
Best Picture: The Social Network
Here’s the thing.
I loved The King’s Speech, and of the six Best Picture nominees I’ve seen, it’s in a dead heat with The Social Network when it comes to which film I had the most affection for. However, while critics adore it, it’s just not remarkable enough technically or script-wise to deserve Best Picture, while The Social Network is brilliantly crafted, expertly written, and remarkably well-acted. I’m not certain my pick will be correct. But I think it’s what truly deserves the honor.
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
In another year, this would almost certainly go to Jesse Eisenberg, who blew me away as the sometimes sympathetic, occasionally despicable, and harrowingly realistic Mark Zuckerberg. But Firth really does beautifully with his turn as King George. All signs point to Firth, and while my heart aches a bit for Eisenberg, I think that’s fair.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale, The Fighter
It’s hard for me to critique this choice, because I haven’t seen The Fighter. But when the nominees were announced, I was fairly disappointed that The Social Network’s Andrew Garfield got passed over. Also, I find it surprising that Geoffrey Rush hasn’t bested Bale in any major awards outside the BAFTAs. Regardless, Bale is a skilled performer and deserves recognition, so this seems about right.
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Not much to say here. Portman does a masterful job with an extremely demanding role in a stark and beautiful film. It’s the only performance I’ve seen among these, and I think it’s certainly a safe bet.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hey, I just noticed Mark Wahlberg didn’t get a nomination for The Fighter! That’s weird. Guess the Academy really does get off on Javier Bardem. Anyway, this seems obvious. She’s been sweeping (with, again, the exception of the BAFTAs, because Brits love Brits). I’d really love to see Hailee Steinfeld win for True Grit in what might actually be my favorite performance of the year, but it’s not going to happen, so I’ll cry internally for the next few hours then move on.
Best Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
Best Art Direction: Inception
I think Inception is going to sweep most of the technical awards. As I said, The King’s Speech is no great technical shakes, and they’re not going to pay attention to the Harry Potter franchise all of a sudden. True Grit is great, but in the category of Badass Visuals, Inception is better.
Best Cinematography: Inception
Best Costume Design: The King’s Speech
Best Directing: The Social Network
I fear that The King’s Speech will have this, but it really doesn’t deserve it. Either Inception or The Social Network does, and since Inception got passed over (the only time I’ll say this: screw you, Academy), then in a perfect world, The Social Network should be a lock. Let’s hope.
Best Documentary Feature: Restrepo
Best Film Editing: The Social Network
Dare to dream.
Best Foreign Language Film: Biutiful
Best Makeup: The Wolfman
Best Music (Original Score): The Social Network
Best Music (Original Song): “We Belong Together,” Toy Story 3
Best Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects: Inception
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): The Social Network
Best Writing (Original Screenplay): The King’s Speech
It’s been a great year for film. And I’m hoping for a great time celebrating that tomorrow.