Nick’s Oscar Picks

That glorious time again has arrived!  Below, as is the case every year at this hour of this day, you will find my annual—and uncannily accurate—Academy Award predictions.  I also have included my lists of the best and worst films of the year. (Re: my least favorite movies of the year . . . these only apply to those I actually saw.  So something as heinous as Jackass 3D, for example, undoubtedly would have made my top (bottom) five—if I had been foolhardy enough to see it.)

What a fantastic year for films!  After 2009’s lackluster crop, the movies this year were tremendous.  From Easy A, easily 2010’s funniest movie, to the wholly originally Kick-Ass to the tear-jerking Toy Story 3, these films struck all the right notes.  And as for the Oscar fodder—kicking off with the seventh (and best) Harry Potter movie—what year has been more diverse?  From the isolated agony of 127 Hours to being surrounded by a billion friends in The Social Network, movies had it all.  Add in the thrilling mind-bending of Inception, the gritty heist thriller The Town and its Massachusetts’ bred cousin The Fighter, the real-life CIA tale Fair Game, and more quiet films like The King’s Speech and The Kids Are All Right, and I admit to great difficulty in coming up with and ranking my top movies of the year.
As for 2010’s most disappointing film?  Nothing as easy as Public Enemies was last year, but if pushed and prodded, I’d say True Grit.  I’m normally not a big Coen bros fan, but I was extremely excited about this movie.  And though beautifully shot, the entire film just left me . . . underwhelmed.  Though far superior to the feelings of loathing and disappointment, it’s nonetheless a sentiment you never want to experience when leaving the multiplex.

As always, all my predictions were made by myself alone, sans the aid of any Internet trolling or cheat sheets.  (To wit: my Oscar copy of Entertainment Weekly with the ravishing Natalie Portman on the cover still sits unopened.)  Please read on to find out who will take home the little golden men in what is sure to be a wonderfully enthralling 83rd Oscars!

The Worst Movies of the Year

1.  Dinner for Schmucks
2.  Due Date
3.  Sex and the City 2
4.  Little Fockers
5.  Hot Tub Time Machine

The Best Movies of the Year

11. Kick-Ass
10. The Fighter
9.  The Kids Are All Right
8.  Fair Game
7.  The King’s Speech
6.  127 Hours
5.  Black Swan
4.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I
3.  The Town
2.  Inception
1.  The Social Network

An apéritif:

Animated: Toy Story 3
Documentary: Waiting for Superman
Foreign: Biutiful
Cinematography: Black Swan
Score: The Social Network
Screenplay (original): The Kids Are All Right
Screenplay (adapted): The Social Network

And now, without further ado, the nominees are . . . :

Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Mila Kunis, Black Swan

Sleeper: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Dark Horse: Barbara Hershey, Black Swan

Supporting Actor:

Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Sleeper: Jim Broadbent, Another Year
Dark Horse: Thomas Hardy, Inception

Lead Actress:

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

Sleeper: Michele Williams, Blue Valentine
Dark Horse: Naomi Watts, Fair Game

Lead Actor:

Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter
Robert DuVall, Get Low

Sleeper: Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Dark Horse: Javier Bardem, Biutiful


Christopher Nolan, Inception
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
David O. Russell, The Fighter
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

Sleeper: Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
Dark Horse: Ben Affleck, The Town

Best Picture:

127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
Winter’s Bone

And the Oscar goes to . . .
Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo
Supporting Actor: Christian Bale
Lead Actress: Natalie Portman
Lead Actor: Colin Firth
Director: David Fincher
Film: The Social Network
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One Response to Nick’s Oscar Picks

  1. Jason says:

    Agreed on everything…except I’m excited to see Jackass 3D. 🙂

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