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Los Angeles Times

Best Picture

Spotlight: Most prognosticators believe this is a battle between "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network." "Speech" is a stylish costume drama much like past champs "Amadeus" and "The Last Emperor." Recently, voters have preferred more gritty, contemporary fare, such as "No Country for Old Men" and " The Hurt Locker." "The Social Network" fits that bill.Merrick Morton / Columbia Pictures