Now that the Grammy Awards are over, the countdown begins to the 83rdAcademy Awards, set to air Sunday Feb. 25th at 8p.m. ET. Coverage of the red carpet will begin at 7p.m. ET. The films “The King’s Speech,” “Inception,” and “Black Swan” are all critic favorites and predicted to do well at the Oscars. Movie buffs and fashionistas alike are eager to see who will be the big winners, and what will they be wearing.
“The King’s Speech”
The critic favorite to sweep the Oscars is “The King’s Speech,” nominated in a whopping nine categories, including Best Picture. Colin Firth is up for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Geoffrey Rush for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Helena Bonham Carter is up for Best Actress in a Supporting Role as well. The film is about England ‘s George VI and his relationship with this speech therapist Lionel Logue. So far, “The King’s Speech” is already doing well in the awards, winning a total of seven awards including Best Film and Colin Firth for Best Actor at the BAFTAs. Looks like “The King’s Speech” is on a path to destroy the competition. But let’s not forget how fierce the competition really is.
“Inception” and “True Grit”
My personal favorite film of the year is “Inception” with Leonardo DeCaprio. The dramatic film is about the concept of an inception, or planting an idea in another’s mind. “Inception” is nominated for eight Oscars, yet none of its actors or actresses landed an individual nomination. No need to fret, “Inception” has already won Best Original Screnplay at the Writer’s Guild Awards and will likely do well at the Oscars as well.
The western action/adventure movie genre has seen a revival with the film “True Grit,” that is nominated for eight Oscars also. The film “True Grit” instantly began receiving Oscar buzz for not only veteran actor Jeff Bridges, but newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. Bridges is also up for Best Actor in a Leading Role and 14-year-old Steinfeld is up for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Pretty impressive for a teenager, I’d say.
“The Social Network”, “Black Swan” and “The Fighter”
The Facebook movie “The Social Network” is up for seven Oscars and lead actor Jesse Eisenberg is nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role. While some thought “The Social Network” would only be an underground hit, turns out they were wrong. “The Social Network” already won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Writer’s Guild Awards and Best Motion Picture-Drama at the Golden Globes, often an indicator of Oscar success.
Let us not forget “Black Swan” and “The Fighter,” each up for four Oscars. Natalie Portman has become a film industry darling after her performance as a crazed ballerina in “Black Swan” and many believe that the film will do well at the Oscars. Natalie Portman already won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes and is nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Oscars as well. Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo of “The Fighter” are all up for Oscars for the film that describes the life of Boxer Mickey Ward.
Who are your predictions for the 2011 Academy Awards?
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