Oscar Predictions and Statements, yo.

Best Motion Picture of the Year Nominees:

127 Hours (2010): Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, John Smithson

Black Swan (2010): Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin

The Fighter (2010): David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg

Inception (2010): Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas

The Kids Are All Right (2010): Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray

The King’s Speech (2010): Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

The Social Network (2010): Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Ceán Chaffin

Toy Story 3 (2010): Darla K. Anderson

True Grit (2010): Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin

Winter’s Bone (2010): Anne Rosellini, Alix Madigan

Will Win: “The King’s Speech”

Should Win: “Black Swan”


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominees:

Javier Bardem for Biutiful (2010)

Jeff Bridges for True Grit (2010)

Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network (2010)

Colin Firth for The King’s Speech (2010)

James Franco for 127 Hours (2010)

Will Win: Colin Firth

Should Win: Jeff Bridges (look, Firth and Bridges should just swap Oscars)


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominees:

Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole (2010)

Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone (2010)

Natalie Portman for Black Swan (2010)

Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine (2010)

Will Win: Annette Bening

Should Win: Natalie Portman


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nominees:

Christian Bale for The Fighter (2010)

John Hawkes for Winter’s Bone (2010)

Jeremy Renner for The Town (2010)

Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Geoffrey Rush for The King’s Speech (2010)

Will Win: Geoffrey Rush

Should Win: Christian Bale


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominees:

Amy Adams for The Fighter (2010)

Helena Bonham Carter for The King’s Speech (2010)

Melissa Leo for The Fighter (2010)

Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit (2010)

Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom (2010)

Will Win: Hailee Steinfeld

Should Win: Hailee Steinfeld


Best Achievement in Directing Nominees:

Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan (2010)

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen for True Grit (2010)

David Fincher for The Social Network (2010)

Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech (2010)

David O. Russell for The Fighter (2010)

Will Win: David Fincher

Should Win: Darren Aranofsky

*** How is Christopher Nolan not nominated?


Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Nominees:

Another Year (2010): Mike Leigh

The Fighter (2010): Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington

Inception (2010): Christopher Nolan

The Kids Are All Right (2010): Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg

The King’s Speech (2010): David Seidler

Will Win: “The King’s Speech”

Should Win: “Blue Valentine”


Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominees:

127 Hours (2010): Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy

The Social Network (2010): Aaron Sorkin

Toy Story 3 (2010): Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

True Grit (2010): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Winter’s Bone (2010): Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini

Will Win: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”

Should Win: Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”


Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Nominees:

How to Train Your Dragon (2010): Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

The Illusionist (2010): Sylvain Chomet

Toy Story 3 (2010): Lee Unkrich

Will Win: “How to Train Your Dragon”

Should Win: “How to Train Your Dragon”


Best Achievement in Cinematography Nominees:

Black Swan (2010): Matthew Libatique

Inception (2010): Wally Pfister

The King’s Speech (2010): Danny Cohen

The Social Network (2010): Jeff Cronenweth

True Grit (2010): Roger Deakins

Will Win: “The Social Network”

Should Win: “True Grit”


Best Achievement in Editing Nominees:

127 Hours (2010): Jon Harris

Black Swan (2010): Andrew Weisblum

The Fighter (2010): Pamela Martin

The King’s Speech (2010): Tariq Anwar

The Social Network (2010): Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall

Will Win: “The Social Network”

Should Win: “Inception” (how is the strongest factor of a Best Picture nominee not nominated?)


Best Achievement in Art Direction Nominees:

Alice in Wonderland (2010): Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010): Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan

Inception (2010): Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Douglas A. Mowat

The King’s Speech (2010): Eve Stewart, Judy Farr

True Grit (2010): Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

Will Win: “The King’s Speech”

Should Win: “The King’s Speech”


Best Achievement in Costume Design Nominees:

Alice in Wonderland (2010): Colleen Atwood

I Am Love (2009): Antonella Cannarozzi

The King’s Speech (2010): Jenny Beavan

The Tempest (2010/II): Sandy Powell

True Grit (2010): Mary Zophres

Will Win: “The King’s Speech”

Should Win: “The King’s Speech”


Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Nominees:

127 Hours (2010): A.R. Rahman

How to Train Your Dragon (2010): John Powell

Inception (2010): Hans Zimmer

The King’s Speech (2010): Alexandre Desplat

The Social Network (2010): Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Will Win: “The Social Network”

Should Win: “TRON: Legacy”


Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Nominees:

Inception (2010): Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo, Ed Novick

The King’s Speech (2010): Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen, John Midgley

Salt (2010): Jeffrey J. Haboush, William Sarokin, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell

The Social Network (2010): Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Mark Weingarten

True Grit (2010): Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland

Will Win: “The King’s Speech”

Should Win: “Inception”


Best Achievement in Sound Editing Nominees:

Inception (2010): Richard King

Toy Story 3 (2010): Tom Myers, Michael Silvers

TRON: Legacy (2010): Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, Addison Teague

True Grit (2010): Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey

Unstoppable (2010): Mark P. Stoeckinger

Will Win: “Inception”

Should Win: “Inception”


Best Achievement in Visual Effects Nominees:

Alice in Wonderland (2010): Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas, Sean Phillips

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010): Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz, Nicolas Aithadi

Hereafter (2010): Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky, Joe Farrell

Inception (2010): Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb, Paul J. Franklin

Iron Man 2 (2010): Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright, Daniel Sudick

Will Win: “Inception”

Should Win: “TRON: Legacy”



Author: Frank Mengarelli

Everybody relax, Frank's here. After going to film school at Columbia College Chicago, Frank decided to underachieve with his vast knowledge of film into a career in civil service. Frank had a brief stint as a film blogger, and then he met the heterosexual love of his life, Nick Clement. The two instantly bonded over their love from everything to Terence Malick to THE EXPENDABLES films. Some of Frank's favorite filmmakers are Terence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. Some of his favorite films are THE TREE OF LIFE, STAR WARS (all of them), BAD LIEUTENANT, THE THING and ALL THAT JAZZ. Frank spends his free time with his dog Roger, collecting any Star Wars collectible he can find and trying to finish his pretentious, first person narrative novel(la), LARGE MEN IN SMALL CARS..

8 thoughts on “Oscar Predictions and Statements, yo.”

    1. I was pretty confident that Reznor had it in the bag, though Zimmer’s score was fantastic. I really, really wish Daft Punk was going to get nominated. I mean, a song from that Cher movie did…

  1. I thought for sure Desplat had it in the bag. They were giving everything else to ‘King’s’. I figured why not one more category?

    Glad Reznor won though.

  2. 1) How to Train a Dragon was fantastic, but there was no way that it was going to beat out Toy Story 3, which was also fantastic. Probably more fantastic. In fact, I’ll be honest: I had to fight back some tears in that one. The last time I cried during a movie was when I was about 5 years old and watching The Fox and the Hound for the first time.

    2) How was Nolan NOT nominated for directing???

    3) How did Zimmer NOT win for score???

    4) Why wasn’t TRON nominated for best picture of the year? Of the decade? Century???

  3. Also…I want to hear your thoughts on Hathaway and Franco. Franco seemed stoned out of his mind or something. Maybe he wasn’t really acting in The Pineapple Express.

  4. I’m okay with Colin Firth winning best actor award…he was very good. Now he can go back to making the usual swill (his choice of movies) that’s all over cable.

    I know we’ll see the other actors again in best actor competition, but CF…gads!

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