We’re getting close to this year’s Academy Awards, and it’s time for Blast to make our predictions. While a lot has not changed since the nominations, some have, and the tides have changed, allowing “The King’s Speech” to enter Sunday as the odds-on favorite for just about every award. Check out who we think will win…
Best Picture:
Jason Woods: The King’s Speech
I’m not entirely happy about this one. If The King’s Speech wins Best Picture, which I suspect it will, it will be several years in a row that I’ve had taken issue with the winner. “The Social Network,” my personal choice for Best Picture, led this race all season and had the momentum until the last month, when it switched to “The King’s Speech,” a standard Oscar vehicle that voters may resonate with for its familiar themes. I hope “Network” wins, but I see “Speech” taking home the Oscars, further hurting my once-inseparable bond with the Academy.
Will Peloquin: The King’s Speech
Suzanne Day: The King’s Speech
Best Director:
Jason: David Fincher, The Social Network
Even if “King’s Speech” wins Best Picture, David Fincher will land this prize. Perhaps it’s for all the fine work that he’s done in his career, or maybe its because I still believe “The Social Network” is the better film, but this is Fincher’s award.
Will: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Suzanne: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Best Actor:
Jason: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Will: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Suzanne: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Best Actress:
Jason: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Will: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Suzanne: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor:
Jason: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Will: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Suzanne: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress:
Jason: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
A lot of Oscar voters were mentioning earlier in the month that Melissa Leo slipped up with her own personal “Consideration” ads. I didn’t think she ever had a lock on this category, with the competition behind from co-star Amy Adams and a strong push from Helena Bonham Carter (remember, they LOVE “The King’s Speech). I think all the controversy and infighting leaves Hailee Steinfeld to be one of the younger winners in this category.
Will: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Suzanne: Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s SpeechWith the swell of support in almost every branch for The King’s Speech in the guild phase of the awards season, I’m anticipating a sweep on Oscar night on its behalf. I’m almost certain that David Seidler, who has a pitch perfect PR story of overcomming a stammer in his youth like The King’s Speech’s subject, will triumph in the Adapted Screenplay category. My prediction of Helena Bonham Carter is shaky, but because the category has seemed wide open from the beginning and considering the sour reaction to presumed-frontrunner Melissa Leo’s personal ad campaign, I think HBC could easily ride the coattails of The King’s Speech’s sweep.
Best Animated Feature:
Jason: Toy Story 3
Will: Toy Story 3
Suzanne: Toy Story 3
Best Foreign Film:
Jason: Mexico, Biutiful
Will: Mexico, Biutiful
Suzanne: Mexico, Biutiful
Best Original Screenplay:
Jason: David Seidler, The King’s Speech
This should be Nolan’s, but all the love for “The King’s Speech” shows that the Academy loves it, and it will likely land the screenplay prize. Besides, what about the Academy’s treatment of Nolan through “Inception” and “The Dark Knight” makes you think they’ll give him an Oscar?
Will: Christopher Nolan, Inception
Suzanne: David Seidler, The King’s Speech
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Jason: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Will: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Suzanne: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Best Art Direction:
Jason: Alice in Wonderland
Will: Alice in Wonderland
Suzanne: The King’s Speech
Best Costume Design:
Jason: Alice in Wonderland
Will: Alice in Wonderland
Suzanne: The King’s Speech
Best Original Song:
Jason: If I Rise, 127 Hours
Will: If I Rise, 127 Hours
Suzanne: We Belong Together, Toy Story 3
Best Original Score:
Jason: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Will: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Suzanne: Alexandre Desplat, The King’s Speech
Best Documentary:
Jason: Inside Job
Will: Inside Job
Suzanne: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Best Film Editing:
Jason: 127 Hours
Will: 127 Hours
Suzanne: The Social Network
Best Cinematography:
Jason: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Will: Roger Deakins, True Grit
Suzanne: Roger Deakins, True Grit
Best Makeup:
Jason: The Wolfman
Will: The Wolfman
Suzanne: The Wolfman
Best Sound Editing:
Jason: Inception
Will: True Grit
Suzanne: Inception
Best Sound Mixing:
Jason: Inception
Will: Inception
Suzanne: Inception
Best Visual Effects:
Jason: Inception
Will: Inception
Suzanne: Inception
Best Documentary (Short Subject):
Jason: Strangers No More
Will: Strangers No More
Suzanne: Poster Girl
Best Visual Short Film (Animated):
Jason: The Lost Thing
Will: The Lost Thing
Suzanne: Madagascar, A Journey Diary
Best Short Film (Live Action):
Jason: The Confession
Will: The Confession
Suzanne: Wish 143

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