Greg’s Oscar Predictions 2011

27 Feb

Well I finally got to see all 10 films up for Best Picture tonight at the Oscars. It was a stressful weekend cramming in the last three, but I did it. So I thought I would just throw down my predictions for you to glance over if you care.

The winner is in red.

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky, ‘Black Swan’

David O. Russell, ‘The Fighter’

Tom Hooper, ‘The King’s Speech’

David Fincher, ‘The Social Network’ – A perfectionist that made a story about Facebook not only interesting, but one of the best films of the year.

Joel and Ethan Coen, ‘True Grit’

Best Actor

Javier Bardem, ‘Biutiful’

Jeff Bridges, ‘True Grit’

Jesse Eisenberg, ‘The Social Network’

Colin Firth, ‘The King’s Speech’ – It’s between him and Franco, but Firth stands out.

James Franco, ’127 Hours’


Best Actress

Annette Bening, ‘The Kids Are All Right’

Nicole Kidman, ‘Rabbit Hole’

Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Winter’s Bone’

Natalie Portman, ‘Black Swan’ – Jennifer Lawrence was great in her role, but no one came close to matching Portman this year.

Michelle Williams, ‘Blue Valentine’

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, ‘The Fighter’ – Bale steals every scene he is in throughout the movie, without him, the movie wouldn’t have worked.

John Hawkes, ‘Winter’s Bone’

Jeremy Renner, ‘The Town’

Mark Ruffalo, ‘The Kids Are All Right’

Geoffrey Rush, ‘The King’s Speech’ (would not be surprised if he won though)

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, ‘The Fighter’

Helena Bonham Carter, ‘The King’s Speech’

Melissa Leo, ‘The Fighter’

Hailee Steinfeld, ‘True Grit’ – She was on screen with three legends and not only held her own, but captivated the audience in her story.

Jacki Weaver, ‘Animal Kingdom’

Best Animated Feature Film

‘How to Train Your Dragon’


‘Toy Story 3′ – ‘Dragon’ was good too — but with Pixar in there, you’re not winning (especially when it’s already nominated for Best Picture!)

Best Foreign Language Film

Mexico – ‘Biutiful’ – Bardem is supposed to have a great performance in this, didn’t get to see this yet though, sorry.

Greece – ‘Dogtooth’

Denmark – ‘In a Better World’

Canada – ‘Incendies’

Algeria – ‘Outside the law’

Best Original Screenplay

‘Another Year’

‘The Fighter’


‘The Kids Are All Right’ – I’m not sure why this movie is getting so much love, but the Academy have to give them something, my personal vote would be for Inception.

‘The King’s Speech’

Best Adapted Screenplay

’127 Hours’

‘The Social Network’ – The writing is quick, witty, and smart. Not only that, it has to go between past and present seamlessly, which it accomplishes perfectly.

‘Toy Story 3′

‘True Grit’

‘Winter’s Bone’

Best Art Direction

‘Alice in Wonderland’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I’

‘Inception’ – The amount of special effects and work that went into this film had to be perfectly drawn up and executed. Inception is a great film that won’t get the recognition it deserves.

‘The King’s Speech’

‘True Grit’

Best Costume Design

‘Alice in Wonderland’

‘I Am Love’

‘The King’s Speech’

‘The Tempest’

‘True Grit’ – They created an entire world from the West and made it believable.

Best Original Score

‘How to Train Your Dragon’ John Powell

‘Inception’ Hans Zimmer – There are scenes in ‘Inception’ where no one speaks for 5 minutes at a time, the soundtrack drives this film.

‘The King’s Speech’ Alexandre Desplat

’127 Hours’ A.R. Rahman

‘The Social Network’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Best Documentary

‘Exit through the Gift Shop’ Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz – I cannot pick against Bansky.

‘Gasland’ Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic

‘Inside Job’ Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

‘Restrepo’ Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

‘Waste Land’ Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Best Film Editing

‘Black Swan’

‘The Fighter’

‘The Kings Speech’

’127 Hours’

‘The Social Network’ – Again, to move between past and present and not lose the audience is an achievement all in itself.

Best Makeup

‘Barney’s Version’ – Just for the fact they make them age throughout the film.

‘The Way Back’

‘The Wolfman’

Best Sound Editing

‘Inception’ – I almost picked TRON, but remembered the Oscars hate technology/CGI taking actor’s jobs. But ‘Inception’ does have great audio.

‘Toy Story 3′

‘TRON: Legacy’

‘True Grit’


Best Sound Mixing

‘Inception’ – BRAAHHHMMM

‘The King’s Speech’


‘The Social Network’

‘True Grit’

Best Cinematography

‘Black Swan’


‘The King’s Speech’ – The framing of every shot in this film was incredible.

‘The Social Network’

‘True Grit’

Best Original Song

‘Country Strong,’ “Coming Home” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

‘Tangled,’ “I See the Light” Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Glenn Slater

’127 Hours,’ “If I Rise,” Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

‘Toy Story 3,’ “We Belong Together,” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman – A nice way for Randy and Toy Story to go out.

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

Killing in the Name – An interesting look into the work of terrorists around the world.

Poster Girl

Strangers No More

Sun Come Up

The Warriors of Qiugang

Best Short Film (Animated)

Day & Night – Pixar does it again.

The Gruffalo

Let’s Pollute

The Lost Thing

Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)

Best Short Film (Live Action)

The Confession

The Crush

God of Love – No idea about any of these, this is a guess.

Na Wewe

Wish 143

Best Visual Effects

Alice In Wonderland

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1


Inception – They turned a city upside down on itself and made people float while fighting. Come on Academy.

Iron Man 2

And finally…

Best Picture:

‘Black Swan’ – A mesmerizing film that has you tense from beginning to end, Natalie’s performance is incredible and Aronofsky is a genius.

‘The Fighter’ – A true story of a boxer from Lowell, Mass who must deal with just about every distraction his family throws at him outside of the ring, while trying to make a championship run.

‘Inception’ – Incredibly original blockbuster that makes you think about the life you are in right now..if it’s real that is. This movie will not get the praise it deserves.

‘The Kids Are All Right’ – An overhyped movie that was good, but not amazing.

‘The King’s Speech’ – An incredibly gripping story of a man’s stuttering problem and his speech therapist. Taking a man’s speech impediment and making a gripping two hour movie into one of the best movie’s I’ve ever seen is impressive.

’127 Hours’ – The true story of a hiker forced to cut his own arm off to save his life, and live out the premonition of marrying and having a child. Franco is basically the only actor the entire film.

‘The Social Network’ – The behind the scenes story of how Facebook was founded. One of my favorite movies in a long time, if King’s Speech does not win, then Social Network will.

‘Toy Story 3′ – Just about everyone got emotional at the end of this one. Thank you Pixar for making this classic.

‘True Grit’ – A story of different personalities coming together to accomplish one goal, all for different reasons, set in the wild West. One of the Coen brothers best work.

‘Winter’s Bone’  – A tale of a girl searching for her missing father and discovering the dirty underbelly of the town she lives in. This movie does a great job making everything believable.


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