Based on the Oscar chatter and guild awards, here are the top picks!
Best Actor: Colin Firth
There is a lot of debate and speculation going on right now before the 83rdAcademy Awards Ceremony, but most of the data are leaning toward Colin Firth for The Kings Speech. He already won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for the Golden Globe Awards. Since The King’s Speech is the kind of movie the Academy thrives on showcasing, this should be a no brainer.
The second runner-up is Jesse Eisnberg for The Social Network.
Best Actress: Natalie Portman
Between the small deep moments she reaches into her character and shares them with the viewer in Black Swan to having already landed the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance for an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama, Natalie is the front runner for Best Actress.
My personal second runner-up goes to Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right. The movie may not be in the spotlight, but you felt her pain in that movie when she realized her flighty lesbian lover committed a blissful sin and slept with their kids’ sperm donor!
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale
It’s been a long time coming for Christian to get some recognition for his poignant and gripping roles he’s taken on whole heartily in his film career. The Fighter may just be that film that helps him make the leap. Also, it’s duly noted that he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
Second runner-up would have to be Geoffrey Rush for his role in the well liked and “chattered up” film, The King’s Speech.
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo
The Oscar chatter is all a buzz about Melissa stealing the show for Best Supporting Actress! She was awarded Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture by the Golden Globe Awards. According to the rumor mills, Rolling Stone has informed us that Leo paid for her own Oscar ads to show and tell she’s still a babe at the ripe old age of 50! Could this have been a booboo play by Melissa, or will it work in her favor on Oscar night?
If it was a mistake beyond repair for Leo, than my vote goes out to Helena Bonham Carter for The King’s Speech. She may be the dark horse, but she nails her expressions seamlessly.
Sasha Stone, awards chatter, awardsdaily.com
Nominations and Winners, goldenglobes.org
Peter Travers, The Travers Take, rollingstone.com
The Nominations, oscar.go.com