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"The Horse Race" of The Academy Awards

January 25 2011 at 4:20 PM

Badactor  (Premier Login Badactor)

Here are the entries/nominees
for this year's Academy Awards.

I have not seen them all...
but according to the buzz in Hollywood,
this is how I would play the 'PICK SIX.'

(Badactor's picks in bold)

Nominated for best picture:
"Black Swan,"
"The Fighter"
"The Kids Are All Right"
"The King's Speech"
"127 Hours"
"The Social Network"
"Toy Story 3"
"True Grit"
"Winter's Bone"

Nominees for best actress:
Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right"
Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"
Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"
Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine"

Nominees for best actor:
Javier Bardem, "Biutiful"
Jeff Bridges, "True Grit"
Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"
James Franco, "127 Hours"

Nominees for best supporting actor:
Christian Bale, "The Fighter"
John Hawkes,"Winter's Bone"
Jeremy Renner, "The Town"
Mark Ruffalo, "The Kids Are All Right"
Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech"

Nominees for best supporting actress:
Amy Adams, "The Fighter"
Helena Bonham Carter, "The King's Speech"
Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"
Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit"
Jackie Weaver, "Animal Kingdom"

Nominees for best director:
Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"
David Fincher, "The Social Network"
Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech"
David O. Russell, "The Fighter"
Joel and Ethan Coen, "True Grit"

There is really only one nominee for whom I am rooting,
and that would be the brilliantly talented MELISSA LEO!
She & I worked together in a Movie of the Week on NBC.
A wonderful actress... I hope she wins her category! happy.gif

Anyone seen any of the nominated films???

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Re: "The Horse Race" of The Academy Awards

January 25 2011, 6:27 PM 

I've seen them all and I thought Inception was the best I saw on this list. Ms. Leo was great in The Fighter! IMO a good movie about a tough boxer but Walberg didn't resemble Micky Ward much which, IMO made the film unexceptional...But Walberg is gold right now in Hollywood they say... I'm just waiting for Cowboys and Aliens!


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Re: "The Horse Race" of The Academy Awards

January 25 2011, 6:55 PM 

I thought Jesse Eisenberg put up the performance of the year in The Social Network. It was an interesting character change for him as he normally plays the nervous nerdy type. This time he was the quick witted nerdy type - I didn't realize he had that versatility. Hands down my favorite performance of the year and my favorite movie of the year.

I thought Christian Bale's performance in The Fighter was equally as exceptional portraying Dicky Eklund. Unfortunately like Spanky said, the character Mark Wahlberg played was pretty far from the Micky Ward I remember.

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Re: "The Horse Race" of The Academy Awards

January 26 2011, 7:26 AM 

I really enjoyed The Fighter as well and Melissa Leo is most deserving of an award. I know what you mean about Wahlberg, he seemed a lot like he was in Invincible. However, and help me with my theory here Dell, I think sometimes an actor is the equivalent of a great straight man in comedy. Wahlberg gets some credit for the great performances by both Ms. Leo and Christian Bale who was also great and for that matter pretty much everyone else in the film.

Haven't seen the King's Speech yet.


John J Barile
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Re: "The Horse Race" of The Academy Awards

January 26 2011, 7:51 AM 

Have not see The Fighter or True Grit,but I think Dell has it right....


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Re: "The Horse Race" of The Academy Awards

January 26 2011, 10:46 AM 

I just saw the King's Speech this weekend and it was excellent. It didnt turn out to be a boring hard to understand English movie that I was kind of expecting. Instead it was very interesting and educational (Wasn't aware of the history).A very good movie


Steve Levinson
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Re: "The Horse Race" of The Academy Awards

January 28 2011, 8:17 PM 

Saw the Vegas odds. Most favorites are chalkier than Secretariat!

Best Picture- Social Network 1-3
Best Actor- Colin Firth 1-15!!!
Best Actress- Natalie Portman 1-5
Best Supporting Actor- Christian Bale 1-10
Best Supporting Actor- Melissa Leo 1-2
Best Director- David Fincher- 1-10

I did the math. A $2 parlay would get back $6.20!!! Not too good.


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Re: "The Horse Race" of The Academy Awards

January 29 2011, 12:59 AM 

How in the world does Chris Nolan keep getting shunned from the Oscars? He must have really twisted somebody off...with a director like Nolan and a lead actor like DiCaprio it's amazing it didn't get nominated for best picture IMO...then again, I gave up on ole Oscar the year they gave it (best picture) to Chariots of Fire...

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