"True Grit," "The Fighter," "Black Swan" and "The King's Speech" are a few of the many head-spinning, stomach-turning, heart-wrenching movies that impacted audiences locally and across the globe. On Feb. 27, the most worthy of films from 2010 will be selected to win Academy Awards for their accomplishments.
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," "Inception," "The Kids are All Right," "The King's Speech," "The Social Network," "127 Hours," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit," "Winter's Bone."
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 England. A witty script, brilliant acting, a touching central conflict and superb cinematography should lead "The King's Speech" to a victory.
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Nominees- Annette Bening ("The Kids are All Right"), Nicole Kidman ("Rabbit Hole"), Jennifer Lawrence ("Winter's Bone"), Natalie Portman ("Black Swan"), Michelle Williams ("Blue Valentine").
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:
Nominees- Javier Bardem ("Biutiful"), Jesse Eisenberg ("The Social Network"), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech"), James Franco ("127 Hours"), Jeff Bridges ("True Grit")
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:
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").
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 (Mark Wahlberg), but also for Bale's sallow, thin character.
Performance by an 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").
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 Queen Elizabeth of England. The character Bonham portrays possesses the regality of British royalty without allowing herself to be portrayed as cold and insensitive. Never does Elizabeth (Bonham) appear one-sided, as she is crisp and professional toward the general public, but compassionate toward her stuttering husband, Albert (Colin Firth).
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:
Nominees- "How to Train Your Dragon," "The Illusionist," "Toy Story 3"
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 "Toy Story" was written, giving a perfect ending to the perfect story about growing up. "Toy Story 3" focuses on Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the rest of their plastic counterparts when their beloved owner, Andy, prepares to leave for college. This film causes audiences to laugh, cry and long for the blithe innocence of childhood.
Achievement in Directing:
Nominees- Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan"), David O. Russel ("The Fighter"), Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech"), David Fincher ("The Social Network"), Joel and Ethan Coen ("True Grit").
My Prediction- David Fincher ("The Social Network")
"The Social Network" could have been an extremely predictable story of a misfit creating something great - another "little engine that could." It could have been thrust into the realm of "teen flicks" and disregarded by the adult community. But it was not. Instead, David Fincher's directing turned a potentially sleepy film into a high-energy, addictive masterpiece that captures the human spirit and the heart of communication.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times