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(R)editorial: 2011 Oscars Predictions

It’s that time of year again: Oscars season! The 83rd Academy Awards will take place Sunday night, and the biggest stars in the industry will show up in their finest as Hollywood spends three hours reveling in its own awesomeness.

This year, the tightest race by far is the one for Best Picture. The Social Network was the early favorite, but The King’s Speech has been getting a lot of attention over the last few months. Frankly, both are excellent films and are each worthy of the evening’s top prize.

Below are my predictions for the winners in the major categories. The film/person that, in my opinion, WILL win will be in bold and the film/person that SHOULD win will be italicized.

After checking out my predictions, hit the comments and tell us if you agree or disagree. This year, I’m also hosting an Oscars viewing party at my home, and will do a follow-up post after the show with a few pics of the decorations, as well as a report card on how my guesses worked out.

Here we go:

Best Picture

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers


  • “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

Actor in a Leading Role

  • 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”

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Adapted Screenplay

  • “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • “The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • “Toy Story 3” (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt, Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • “True Grit” (Paramount), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Original Screenplay

  • “Another Year” (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh
  • “The Fighter” (Paramount), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • “Inception” (Warner Bros.), Written by Christopher Nolan
  • “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
  • “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler

Best Animated Feature

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” (Paramount), Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • “The Illusionist” (Sony Pictures Classics), Sylvain Chomet
  • “Toy Story 3” (Walt Disney), Lee Unkrich



7 Responses to “(R)editorial: 2011 Oscars Predictions”

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    tuna [visitor]

    And the winner of the inside redbox blu-ray player and Oscar party pack is I know it was not me ?

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    Shemp Howard [shemp-howard]

    Fickle academy… whose typical member is eligible for social security like Ernest Borgnine who is 94 years-old.

    Like last year, Shane’s picks to win and who should win are near lock step with mine. One note, how Christopher Nolan did not get nominated for best director is a beyond belief. :(

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    rb [visitor]

    Boy, the Oscar winners were sooooooo predictable! What wasn’t as predictable was how BORING Anne Hathaway and especially James Franco were as host–especially Franco. BORING! The Oscars do need hosts with better comedic timing. Even Justin Timberlake, having starred in Social Network/best movie nominee, would have been a way better choice than either Franco or Hathaway……boring, boring, boring,…..And Melissa Leo’s acceptance speech set the wrong tone for the Oscar show,…it just went downhill quickly… One of the only highlights was like 90 year old Kirk Douglas’ attempt at humor to fit in with the ‘living’.

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    JBG [visitor]

    I agree with most choices, except I didn’t think “The Social Network” deserved even what it ended up winning. I can’t present objective, analytical arguments, I just didn’t feel it had much value, at least not worthy of Oscars. I think its attraction was motivated a little too much by its content rather than pure cinematic merit. My only firm pick (which would have caused disappointment had it not won) was C. Bale for male supporting role. I also sympathized quite a bit with Winter’s Bone, especially after seeing how it was filmed, I wish it had won something.

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    Gert [visitor]

    Cool website. Cheers for always posting such usefull stuff!