Wednesday, February 16, 2011

83rd Annual Academy Award Predictions

We're just one more week away, folks. It's come down to the nerd vs. the king. Who's going to come out on top? Well, looks like all sights are now set on "The King's Speech" because the academy is ready to lean back toward the more crowd-pleasing selection as it's been steering away from that in recent years.

Though I still think we could see a few surprises throughout the night, I'm mostly playing it safe with my predictions. Here they are:

Best Picture: "The King's Speech" -- is a "Social Network" upset still a possibility? In my mind, yes, but unlikely.

Director: He did receive the DGA, so I'm sticking with Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech," though David Fincher literally won every other award.

Best Actor: Colin Firth for "The King's Speech," no question.

Best Actress: Though some are still saying Annette Bening has some remaining strength over Natalie Portman, I'm going with the latter for "Black Swan."

Best Supporting Actor: Does "The King's Speech" have enough draw to bring Geoffrey Rush in for a win here? I don't think so. Christian Bale for "The Fighter" will take this one.

Best Supporting Actress: I'm going with Melissa Leo for "The Fighter," though Hailee Steinfeld in "True Grit" for the upset is looking more and more to be a possibility.

Animated Feature: "Toy Story 3"

Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler for "The King's Speech"

Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin for "The Social Network"

Sound Editing: Let's go with "Inception" here. It has a booming sound.

Sound Mixing: "Inception" for the same reason as above.

Film Editing: "The Social Network" has this even though usually the film that wins this award goes on to win Best Picture. Not the case this year, turns out.

Documentary Feature: "Inside Job," though "Exit Through the Gift Shop" and "Restrepo" are both possibilities. Seems like my choice is the timeliest, though.

Foreign Language Film: Hard to say, but I'm going with Denmark's "In a Better World" as it won the Golden Globe.

Cinematography: Roger Deakins for "True Grit" because he's gone too far with too many nominations without finally taking home an Oscar.

Makeup: Let's go with "The Wolfman" because--even better than aging people--they turned a man into a wolf.

Costume Design: "Alice in Wonderland" really did have the most outlandish and creative costumes of any movie this year.

Visual Effects: "Inception"--what else would win?

Original Song: That final song in "Toy Story 3," "We Belong Together," really hit a chord with the entire series. It should and will win.

Original Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for "The Social Network"

Art Direction: "The King's Speech" probably has this one for being such a nicely done period piece.

Tune in to ABC on February 27 at 8 p.m. to catch the 83rd Annual Academy Award ceremony to find out how correct your own predictions turn out to be!

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