Varsity Life reporter Taylor Schwarz predicts which cinematic masterpieces will take home a coveted Oscar:
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
Nominees- "Black Swan," "The Fighter,"
My Prediction- "The King's Speech"
"The King's Speech" spins a tale of Albert, the Duke of York, and his wife, the Duchess of York. When the Duke's love-struck elder brother abdicates the thrown upon his father's death, it is up to Albert to transform the stuttering Duke of York to King George VI, dignified king of
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
My Prediction- Natalie Portman ("Black Swan")
In "The Black Swan," Nina (Natalie Portman), a talented, dedicated ballerina of an esteemed New York ballet company, descends into madness as she slowly takes on the alter ego of the "black swan" in the well-known ballet, "Swan Lake." Intrigue, ecstasy, horror, fury, anguish and delirium are all flawlessly portrayed by Portman, who allowed herself to become immersed in a role plagued with the dark, growing instability of a beautiful young dancer.
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
My Prediction- Colin Firth ("The King's Speech")
It is one thing to act like a stutterer. It is another to become one. Colin Firth not only managed to acquire a perfect stutter, but also managed to make audiences believe every painful syllable he struggled to choke out. There is no denying the suffering in Firth's eyes as he attempts to carry on a conversation with those around him, or the genuine friendship with his Australian speech therapist. Firth portrays a character that is clever, dignified, loveable and deserving of an Academy Award.
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:
My Prediction- Christian Bale ("The Fighter").
Christian Bale gives a highly acclaimed performance as Dicky Eklund, a washed-up boxer whose crack addiction lands him behind bars while his brother rises to boxing fame. Bale's character, though pitiful in the throes of drug addiction, is genuine, likeable and richly funny, causing him to shine the brightest among the cast of stars. Audiences find themselves not only rooting for Dicky's brother, Micky (
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:
My Prediction- Helena Bonham Carter ("The King's Speech").
Bonham, a chameleon of an actress, transforms into the regal, no-nonsense, witty Duchess Elizabeth of York, later
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:
My prediction- "Toy Story 3."
For 17 years, a tale of a young boy's toys warmed the hearts of audiences. At last, the final chapter of
Achievement in Directing:
My Prediction- David Fincher ("The Social Network")