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Oscar Predictions 2011
Oscar Predictions 2011
This weekend movie fans will bear witness to the 83rd Academy Awards, and like in years past, the 2011 Oscar race is shaping up to be more a confirmation of what everybody already suspects, rather than a thrilling race between neck-and-neck films, actors, and directors who are all hoping to walk away basking in Oscar’s glory.
With films like Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, True Grit, The Social Network, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, Toy Story 3, and even Iron Man 2 up for nominations in different categories, the 2011 Oscars ceremony will offer something for arthouse, mainstream, and fanboy cinephiles alike.
2011 Academy Awards
The Oscars are on ABC February 27th at 8/5p.
In this 2011 Oscars prediction post, we will examine the top categories at this year’s Academy Awards (read: the categories you Screen Rant readers care most about) and offer our predictions regarding who the Academy will pick as winners (like we need a crystal ball for that). At the risk of having my head torn off in the comments section below, I will then offer an opinion on which actors, films, or filmmakers I believe SHOULD win in each category, and why I feel that particular person(s) or film warrants the highest recognition that Hollywood has to offer.
We have a lot of categories to cover, so best get started.
2011 Oscar Predictions
Achievement in visual effects
“Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″ Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
“Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
“Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
“Iron Man 2″ Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick
Who WILL Win: Inception
Inception Oscar Nominee
Harry Potter has only gotten better in terms of its visual effects and Deathly Hallows Part 1 certainly upped the ante with aerial wizard duels, giant snakes, elves, wand sparks galore and even seven Daniel Radcliffes sharing the screen. Iron Man 2 was no slouch in the effects department either, giving us some truly great (if seldom) moments of superhero action. However, Inception‘s hallway fight was an instant classic, and the work Nolan put in to realize this world of dreams (within dreams, within dreams, within dreams) was awe-inspiring. As usual, I believe the Academy will reward Nolan for his technical prowess rather than his vision.
Who SHOULD Win: Inception
Anybody but Hereafter. In all seriousness, though, the Inception team deserves this win, followed closely by the Harry Potter team.
Best foreign language film of the year
“Biutiful” – Mexico
“Dogtooth” – Greece
“In a Better World” – Denmark
“Incendies” – Canada
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” – Algeria
Who WILL Win: Outside the Law
This is always a tough category to call – I never seem to be able to gauge the Academy’s mindset when it comes to International films. The obvious choice would be Biutiful, but mostly because it’s the film that Americans are most familiar with. Dogtooth was a powerful film, but more shocking-powerful than moving-powerful – and the academy rarely rewards disturbing movies of that nature. In a Better World and Incendies are both films that explore human relationships in profound ways, but I’m going to go ahead and say that Outside the Law‘s mix of action, suspense, family and political drama will earn it the award – despite all the controversy over its historical inaccuracies.
Who SHOULD Win: Biutiful
Biutiful Oscar Nominee
I’m a big fan of Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams), and I’m also a growing fan of Javier Bardem, so naturally I have a strong bias when it comes to Biutiful winning for Best Foreign Language Film. If I MUST be objective, I would say that Outside the Law is a worthy film for the win.
It is Oscar week in California and that means that many of the top celebrities in the world are starting to congregate in Hollywood. The Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre, but betting on the event has already started at sports books in Las Vegas.
The most popular of the bets that can be made are in the Best Picture, Best Lead Actor and Lead Actress categories. For Best Picture, The King’s Speech is an overwhelming favorite. Gamblers would have to wager $9 for every $2 they wished to win.
The Social Network is the second choice at 7/2. Every other film in the category has odds of at least 35/1. The long shot at 200/1 is The Kids Are All Right. True Grit and Black Swan have both received rave reviews, but they have odds of 35/1 and 40/1, respectively.
In the Best Actor category, it is Colin Firth that is favored. Firth’s odds of 1/33 are some of the highest odds that have ever been placed on an actor in this category. James Franco appears to be the only actor that could pull the upset, but with odds of 18/1, sports books are not suggesting the upset is likely.
Natalie Portman appears to be a shoe-in to win the Best Actress award. Portman has odds of 1/12. Annette Bening at 13/2 has odds that suggest this could be one of the categories that produces an upset on the evening. Jennifer Lawrence also has odds that keep her within striking distance of the favorites at 28/1.
Anne Hathaway and James Franco will be hosting the event, and hundreds of celebrities are expected to be on hand for the award presentations. Traditionally, the after party’s have become as popular as the award ceremony itself, with many of the top stars hosting the party’s either at their homes or at nightclubs in California.
On Sunday, February 27th The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences will present the 83rd Academy Awards. The elite of Hollywood, filmmakers and stars, will converge on the most special day of the year. This year the Academy Awards will be hosted by actress Anne Hathaway and actor James Franco.
My Oscar nominations are broken down by category. This is in-depth look at each nominated film.
The Movie Awards Examiner’s pick for Best Supporting Actress is Haillee Steinfeld for the film True Grit.
This year there are five ladies nominated for Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams –The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter –The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo –The Fighter
Haillee Steinfeld –True Grit
Jack Weaver –Animal Kingdom
Amy Adams brought new gifts to the screen in her performance in The Fighter. Adams has broken away from her previously sweet characters. This is a breakout performance that shows Amy has more in her bag of tricks than gleefully singing Disney Princesses. Although this performance may not be an Oscar winner, it has brought more attention to her abilities and should open her up to be offered more roles in the future.
Helena Bonham Carter as Queen to Colin Firth’s King in The King’s Speech shows her mastery in her craft. With so many of her previously outlandish roles, it was a nice change to see her flex her acting muscles in a different way. I think her role in this film may not win her an Oscar, but moviegoers are waiting to see Helena take on more traditional characters. She is terrific.
It’s Oscar time.
Quite frankly, I’m possibly more interested in watching the Celtics and Knicks battle it out, but I know what I’ll end up watching. There’s just something about those Academy Awards–the chance that someone might say something incredibly inspiring, or something really, really stupid. I also wanna see what Franco and Hathaway can do when they become the puppets of a live TV broadcast. For their sake, here’s to better writing than in years past.
Predictions. What’s gonna win stuff? Christopher Nolan for Best Director on Inception–oh wait, he wasn’t nominated…that’s right.
The smart play is to bet your money on The King’s Speech, and all those associated with it–especially Colin Firth. You can lean toward Christian Bale for The Fighter, Natalie Portman in Black Swan and probably David Fincher for directing The Social Network–which is slightly irritating. It’s like rewarding Fincher for crawling into a formulaic box. The Social Network was a pleasant surprise in one regard, but left little resonance, and I look back at it knowing that I wouldn’t sit and watch it again.
Other predictions. You’ll hear live songs. Yep, the performances are back by popular demand. They’re usually enjoyably awkward. And Banksy may be there. The artist whose work is featured in the nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. I’m gonna guess that if he shows he’ll probably wear a ski mask, or some other disguise, though I’m gonna roll with him not showing up at all. I’m leaning towards Restrepo for Best Documentary–so why would Banksy bother to show?
I confidently predict that the orchestra will begin playing over several acceptance speeches. And that Melissa Leo will not win for her role in The Fighter, regardless of the marketing push to see her take the little golden man. And that someone, a lady, will be wearing something that she should have reconsidered a week ago.
If you’re curious about other categories, the comment section is open to you. I’ll hit ya back. And I always win/won my Oscar pools. I retired last year after 4 consecutive wins.
Melissa Leo could be thought of by many as the most possible winner for her role in The Fighter – after all even Oprah featured her on her pre-Oscar show. But I think that Melissa and Amy may split votes for fans of The Fighter. With this role and her role in Frozen River, there is no doubt that Melissa Leo an actress worth watching.
Jacki Weaver is new to America. Prior to her performance in Animal Kingdom, most of her work was on television in Australia. But this gifted actress (and modest to boot!) will find a new career waiting as this is just the beginning of her entrée into American films.
Haillee Steinfeld is without a doubt my favorite of this category. But to set the record straight, she is in the wrong category. Haillee Steinfeld’s character in True Grit is not a supporting role. Like Timothy Hutton’s Oscar-winning performance in 1980’s Ordinary People, he was nominated in the supporting category. Somehow the Academy downplays young performers into supporting categories. But Haillee’s performance is the key to the success of True Grit. Add in the quick witty lines she so artfully delivers, she is my choice to win.

his weekend movie fans will bear witness to the 83rd Academy Awards, and like in years past, the 2011 Oscar race is shaping up to be more a confirmation of what everybody already suspects, rather than a thrilling race between neck-and-neck films, actors, and directors who are all hoping to walk away basking in Oscar’s glory.
With films like Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, True Grit, The Social Network, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, Toy Story 3, and even Iron Man 2 up for nominations in different categories, the 2011 Oscars ceremony will offer something for arthouse, mainstream, and fanboy cinephiles alike.

2011 Academy AwardsThe Oscars are on ABC February 27th at 8/5p.
In this 2011 Oscars prediction post, we will examine the top categories at this year’s Academy Awards (read: the categories you Screen Rant readers care most about) and offer our predictions regarding who the Academy will pick as winners (like we need a crystal ball for that). At the risk of having my head torn off in the comments section below, I will then offer an opinion on which actors, films, or filmmakers I believe SHOULD win in each category, and why I feel that particular person(s) or film warrants the highest recognition that Hollywood has to offer.
We have a lot of categories to cover, so best get started.
2011 Oscar Predictions
Achievement in visual effects
“Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″ Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi“Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell“Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb“Iron Man 2″ Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick
Who WILL Win: Inception
Harry Potter has only gotten better in terms of its visual effects and Deathly Hallows Part 1 certainly upped the ante with aerial wizard duels, giant snakes, elves, wand sparks galore and even seven Daniel Radcliffes sharing the screen. Iron Man 2 was no slouch in the effects department either, giving us some truly great (if seldom) moments of superhero action. However, Inception‘s hallway fight was an instant classic, and the work Nolan put in to realize this world of dreams (within dreams, within dreams, within dreams) was awe-inspiring. As usual, I believe the Academy will reward Nolan for his technical prowess rather than his vision.
Who SHOULD Win: Inception
Anybody but Hereafter. In all seriousness, though, the Inception team deserves this win, followed closely by the Harry Potter team.
Best foreign language film of the year
“Biutiful” – Mexico“Dogtooth” – Greece“In a Better World” – Denmark“Incendies” – Canada“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” – Algeria
Who WILL Win: Outside the Law
This is always a tough category to call – I never seem to be able to gauge the Academy’s mindset when it comes to International films. The obvious choice would be Biutiful, but mostly because it’s the film that Americans are most familiar with. Dogtooth was a powerful film, but more shocking-powerful than moving-powerful – and the academy rarely rewards disturbing movies of that nature. In a Better World and Incendies are both films that explore human relationships in profound ways, but I’m going to go ahead and say that Outside the Law‘s mix of action, suspense, family and political drama will earn it the award – despite all the controversy over its historical inaccuracies.
Who SHOULD Win: Biutiful
I’m a big fan of Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams), and I’m also a growing fan of Javier Bardem, so naturally I have a strong bias when it comes to Biutiful winning for Best Foreign Language Film. If I MUST be objective, I would say that Outside the Law is a worthy film for the win.
It is Oscar week in California and that means that many of the top celebrities in the world are starting to congregate in Hollywood. The Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre, but betting on the event has already started at sports books in Las Vegas.
The most popular of the bets that can be made are in the Best Picture, Best Lead Actor and Lead Actress categories. For Best Picture, The King’s Speech is an overwhelming favorite. Gamblers would have to wager $9 for every $2 they wished to win.
The Social Network is the second choice at 7/2. Every other film in the category has odds of at least 35/1. The long shot at 200/1 is The Kids Are All Right. True Grit and Black Swan have both received rave reviews, but they have odds of 35/1 and 40/1, respectively.
In the Best Actor category, it is Colin Firth that is favored. Firth’s odds of 1/33 are some of the highest odds that have ever been placed on an actor in this category. James Franco appears to be the only actor that could pull the upset, but with odds of 18/1, sports books are not suggesting the upset is likely.
Natalie Portman appears to be a shoe-in to win the Best Actress award. Portman has odds of 1/12. Annette Bening at 13/2 has odds that suggest this could be one of the categories that produces an upset on the evening. Jennifer Lawrence also has odds that keep her within striking distance of the favorites at 28/1.
Anne Hathaway and James Franco will be hosting the event, and hundreds of celebrities are expected to be on hand for the award presentations. Traditionally, the after party’s have become as popular as the award ceremony itself, with many of the top stars hosting the party’s either at their homes or at nightclubs in California.
On Sunday, February 27th The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences will present the 83rd Academy Awards. The elite of Hollywood, filmmakers and stars, will converge on the most special day of the year. This year the Academy Awards will be hosted by actress Anne Hathaway and actor James Franco.
My Oscar nominations are broken down by category. This is in-depth look at each nominated film.
The Movie Awards Examiner’s pick for Best Supporting Actress is Haillee Steinfeld for the film True Grit.
This year there are five ladies nominated for Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams –The FighterHelena Bonham Carter –The King’s SpeechMelissa Leo –The FighterHaillee Steinfeld –True GritJack Weaver –Animal KingdomAmy Adams brought new gifts to the screen in her performance in The Fighter. Adams has broken away from her previously sweet characters. This is a breakout performance that shows Amy has more in her bag of tricks than gleefully singing Disney Princesses. Although this performance may not be an Oscar winner, it has brought more attention to her abilities and should open her up to be offered more roles in the future.
Helena Bonham Carter as Queen to Colin Firth’s King in The King’s Speech shows her mastery in her craft. With so many of her previously outlandish roles, it was a nice change to see her flex her acting muscles in a different way. I think her role in this film may not win her an Oscar, but moviegoers are waiting to see Helena take on more traditional characters. She is terrific.
It’s Oscar time.
Quite frankly, I’m possibly more interested in watching the Celtics and Knicks battle it out, but I know what I’ll end up watching. There’s just something about those Academy Awards–the chance that someone might say something incredibly inspiring, or something really, really stupid. I also wanna see what Franco and Hathaway can do when they become the puppets of a live TV broadcast. For their sake, here’s to better writing than in years past.
Predictions. What’s gonna win stuff? Christopher Nolan for Best Director on Inception–oh wait, he wasn’t nominated…that’s right.
The smart play is to bet your money on The King’s Speech, and all those associated with it–especially Colin Firth. You can lean toward Christian Bale for The Fighter, Natalie Portman in Black Swan and probably David Fincher for directing The Social Network–which is slightly irritating. It’s like rewarding Fincher for crawling into a formulaic box. The Social Network was a pleasant surprise in one regard, but left little resonance, and I look back at it knowing that I wouldn’t sit and watch it again.
Other predictions. You’ll hear live songs. Yep, the performances are back by popular demand. They’re usually enjoyably awkward. And Banksy may be there. The artist whose work is featured in the nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. I’m gonna guess that if he shows he’ll probably wear a ski mask, or some other disguise, though I’m gonna roll with him not showing up at all. I’m leaning towards Restrepo for Best Documentary–so why would Banksy bother to show?
I confidently predict that the orchestra will begin playing over several acceptance speeches. And that Melissa Leo will not win for her role in The Fighter, regardless of the marketing push to see her take the little golden man. And that someone, a lady, will be wearing something that she should have reconsidered a week ago.
If you’re curious about other categories, the comment section is open to you. I’ll hit ya back. And I always win/won my Oscar pools. I retired last year after 4 consecutive wins.
Melissa Leo could be thought of by many as the most possible winner for her role in The Fighter – after all even Oprah featured her on her pre-Oscar show. But I think that Melissa and Amy may split votes for fans of The Fighter. With this role and her role in Frozen River, there is no doubt that Melissa Leo an actress worth watching.
Jacki Weaver is new to America. Prior to her performance in Animal Kingdom, most of her work was on television in Australia. But this gifted actress (and modest to boot!) will find a new career waiting as this is just the beginning of her entrée into American films.
Haillee Steinfeld is without a doubt my favorite of this category. But to set the record straight, she is in the wrong category. Haillee Steinfeld’s character in True Grit is not a supporting role. Like Timothy Hutton’s Oscar-winning performance in 1980’s Ordinary People, he was nominated in the supporting category. Somehow the Academy downplays young performers into supporting categories. But Haillee’s performance is the key to the success of True Grit. Add in the quick witty lines she so artfully delivers, she is my choice to win.


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