2011 Academy Awards Projections

February 27th, 2011 § 0 comments

We’re going to go ahead and count this as the first of many That’s So Deep movie critiques and reviews (get excited!). So, let’s get straight to the point….

 Actress in a Supporting Role:

Nominees:
Amy Adams, “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”’
Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

Liz says:

The only movie I haven’t seen in this category is “Animal Kingdom”, but since I haven’t heard any predictions of Jacki Weaver winning, I think I’m safe. Melissa Leo has been talked about a lot, and although she was excellent in “The Fighter” (as was Amy Adams), I am going to predict Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”. She also happens to be who I think should win. First, I would’ve thought she was actually playing a leading role, and second, I thought she carried the film. Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon were excellent, but the movie would’ve struggled without her fierce no-nonsense acting of the character.

Amber Says:

I’m all about the upset when it comes to the Oscars, so I often find myself rooting for the unlikely underdog*. This year though, there are quite a few heavy contenders. With that said, I am going to predict that Melissa Leo will win for her role in “The Fighter.” I agree that Hailee Steinfeld was excellent, and will most likely take it if Leo doesn’t, but I would actually love to see Helena Bonham Carter take it for her role in “The King’s Speech.” She gave a fantastic performance–it’s a long shot, but she’s got my vote. (Note: Animal Kingdom is also the only movie I haven’t seen yet in this category.)

 Actor in a Supporting Role:

Nominees:
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”

Liz says:

Here, the only movie I haven’t seen is “The Town”. This is a toughie and I’m not even sure I have an opinion on who should win. All of these men were superb (as they should be since they’re nominated). However, I predict Christian Bale. His is a performance that has been talked about over and over. Plus he physically tortured himself for the role, so I’m thinking that’ll get him extra points with voters.

Amber says:

Each of the actors in this category were great and definitely deserved the nod. I also predict that Christian Bale will take the award, though, for his performance in “The Fighter.” He played the hell out of that character, and lost a significant amount of weight for the part, which the voters (and viewers) cannot ignore. He definitely deserves the win.

 Actress in a Leading Role:

Nominees:
Annette Bening, “The Kid’s Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

Liz says:

I’m shooting in the dark here, because I’ve only seen 2 out of the 5 movies, but I predict Natalie Portman will win. Because everyone is predicting that. Plus she’s been taking all the awards. I have to give a shout-out to Jennifer Lawrence, though, who was outstanding in “Winter’s Bone.” That scene in the boat…ooooieee…she had me wanting to hug her (cuz girl was about to go into shock). If she manages to win, I’ll be on my feet applauding (in my room with a glass of wine no doubt).

Amber says:

Ihaventseenallthemoviesinthiscategoryeither,ImmissingRabbitHoleandBlueValentine,butIthinkitissafetosaythatNataliePortmanwillwinandIalsothinkthatshedefinitelyshould.Shelostanoticeableamountofweightand trainedinballetforoverayear topreparefortheroleandshedefinitelysucceededinmakingitalllookquitebelievable.Ontopofthatshereallydrewviewersintothecomplexmindofatroubled,competitiveyoungdancerstrivingforperfection.Shehadmehookedforeverybitoftheride.

 Actor in a Leading Role:

Nominees:
Javier Bardem, “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges, “True Grit’
Jesse Eisenberg, ‘The Social Network”
Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
James Franco, “127 Hours”

Liz says:

Colin Firth. And he should win.

Amber says:

Colin Firth has been predicted to take the award–I think he will and that he should. Although, I must say that I just watched “127 Hours” and James Franco did a hell of a job, especially considering that for much of the film, he is the only actor on screen. So, I give him a personal nod for that.

 Best Picture:

Nominees:

BlackSwan
TheFighter
Inception
TheKidsAreAllRight
TheKingsSpeech
127Hours
TheSocialNetwork
ToyStory3
TrueGrit
WintersBone

Liz says:

I’m proud to say I’ve seen 7 out of the 10 nominations (I’m so on top of it this year!) – I’m missing 127 hours, Black Swan and Toy Story 3 (I knooooooow). Everyone is predicting “The King’s Speech”, but I’m going to go out on a limb and guess “The Social Network”…mostly because I’m hoping for at least one surprise/upset on Oscar Night. And I think “The Social Network” is a well rounded movie – great writing, directing and acting. (But don’t get me wrong, I loved “The King’s Speech” so if it wins I’ll be happy.)

Amber says:

I’ve actually seen every movie in this category! I think this is the first time that’s ever happened–they have a pretty impressive round-up. I do think that, as predicted, “The King’s Speech” will definitely take the Oscar, and if they don’t “The Social Network” will. BUT, I would love for there to be a real upset and see “Winter’s Bone” take it. I thought the film was very well done overall–writing, acting, directing–and most definitely under-rated in the mainstream. Again, it’s a long shot, but I would be very happy.

 

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards air tonight, February 27th on ABC at 8pm EST.

*Nopeopleofcolornominatedatall? Really?! (YoudidntthinkwedletanentireOscar2011postgobywithoutmentioningthatdidyou?)

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