NOMINEES: "BLACK SWAN" "TRUE GRIT" "INCEPTION" "WINTER'S BONE" "THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT" "THE FIGHTER" "THE KING'S SPEECH" "THE SOCIAL NETWORK" "TOY STORY 3" "127 HOURS" MATTHEW: "The Fighter." Brilliantly cast. There was no picture this exciting all year. I had straight chills for the last 30 minutes. I forgot that's what movies can do. CATHARINE: Tie: "Toy Story 3" and "Winter's Bone." Both films feature betrayal, abandonment and deception. Both deal matter-of-factly with outgrowing your usefulness, with how your family shouldn't be trusted. I'll rewatch both several times, for the characters drawn and acted so beautifully, and the manipulations so painful. KATE: "The King's Speech": Academy voters love a beautifully costumed and stylish movie, and "The King's Speech" provides that and much more. It is entertaining and enlightening and all of the performances are top-notch. However, in my heart, I would love it if "Inception" had a chance. JORDAN: Aron Ralton's beyond-harrowing ordeal seems unfathomable. So why did I connect so much with "127 Hours"? There's a certain undefinable, surprising spirit here, with themes that resonate so strongly -- isolation, freedom, a thirst for life and facing death. The 10 films here are all deserving, but "127 Hours" triumphs in ways the rest simply cannot. ELLIOTT: Aaron Sorkin writing about Facebook with Johns Hopkins as Harvard made "The Social Network" the best picture of the year. AMANDA: "The King's Speech" was about more than a stutter. It was about friendship and perseverance, which is something I think we can all relate to.
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