Editor’s note: The 83rd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards presentation will begin at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday. The hosts are Anne Hathaway and James Franco.
Advocate Film Critic Bruce Caudill and Contributing Writer Charlie Cox are both avid film fans who are eagerly awaiting the Academy Awards this week. The two recently sat down to discuss the top nominees.
Best Picture: “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The King’s Speech,” “127 Hours,” “The Social Network,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit,” “Winter’s Bone.”
Bruce: I hope for “The Social Network” (to win) but everyone is saying “The King’s Speech.” In the back of my head, though, I think “The Social Network” will surprise everyone and win.
Charlie: I hope you’re right. “The Social Network” is a once-in-a-generation movie. People still will be talking about it in 20 years in a way they will not about “The King’s Speech.” But best care scenario: “Inception” blows everyone’s mind and takes the gold. Sadly, that’s not going to happen.
Best Director: “Black Swan,” Darren Aronofsky; “The Fighter,” David O. Russell; “The King’s Speech,” Tom Hooper; “The Social Network,” David Fincher; “True Grit,” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.
Charlie: To sum up the category, Aronofsky was delightfully twisted, but not showy enough for a win here. Russell made a good film, not a great one, propelled by performances. His direction wasn’t anything never before seen. The Coens’ take on a Western was solid and would win in a lesser year. In the battle between Hooper and Fincher, I’m going to go with the guy who once made “Fight Club.” Fincher all the way.
Bruce: I agree. Most definitely. His direction is so unique in “The Social Network.”
Charlie: Slick. The way the camera moves doesn’t distract from the story. It enhances it.
Bruce: He also did an amazing job of getting the cast to give outstanding performances.
Charlie: There wasn’t a weak link.
Best Actor: Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”; Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”; Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”; Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”; James Franco in “127 Hours.”
Bruce: Colin Firth will win for “The King’s Speech.” He was incredible. Firth mastered his portrayal of someone with speech problems. It was like “Rain Man,” in a way.
Charlie: I agree that Firth will win and so does the rest of the planet. And that stinks, because James Franco did something daring and unbelievable with “127 Hours.” Any other year, it would be his.
Bruce: I’m still disappointed Leondardo DiCaprio was robbed of a nomination for either of his two 2010 movies.
Oscar talk with Bru and Chuck
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