The Academy Awards nominations for 2010 will be announced today. Here are some predictions:
Best Actor: Colin Firth (”The King’s Speech”), James Franco (”127 Hours”) and Jesse Eisenberg (”The Social Network”) are all likely to earn nominations, and last year’s Oscar winner Jeff Bridges also has a shot for his performance in “True Grit.”So does Paul GIamatti, who won a Golden Globe for his lead role in “Barney’s Version.” Two longer shots are Ryan Gosling for “Blue Valentine and Robert Duvall for the little-seen “Get Low”
Best Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush for “The King’s Speech,” Michael Douglas for “Wall Street 2″ and Mark Ruffalo (”The Kids Are All Right”) are all possibilities, and Andrew Garfield from “The Social Network” is a possibility. But they’ll likely take a backseat to runaway favorite Christian Bale.
Best Actress, Natalie Portman will surely be on the list (she won the Golden Globe), and we expect to see Nicole Kidman there for her role in “Rabbit Hole” and Annete Bening (”The Kids are All Right”). Longer shots Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone” and Bening’s co-star, Julianne Moore.
Best Supporting Actress: “The Fighter has been good to its female co-stars. Both Amy Adams and Melissa Leo will likely get nominations. Also look for Jacki Weaver (”Animal Kingdom”), Hailey Steinfeld (”True Grit”) and, possibly, Mila Kunis for “Black Swan.”
Best Director: The Coen Brothers will likely get a nomination for “True Grit.” So will Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech,” David Fincher for “The Social Network,” Christopher Nolan for “Inception.” Dark horses include Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan” and David O. Russell for “The Fighter.”
Best Picture: “The Social Network,” “The King’s Speech,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit,” “The Fighter” and “Black Swan” and “Inception” are all likely. “The Town” and “Winter’s Bone” are also possibilities.
My personal favorite is True Grit.
We will have an Oscars Night Viewing Party on February 27th. Angienc has graciously agreed to set up a Fantasy Oscars Pool. It’s similar to fantasy football. Once our “league” is set up she will give us the password and everyone can register and make their picks.
As the winners are announced points are awarded. IIRC the nominees are ranked and long-shots are worth more than favorites, so the key to winning is knowing which long-shots to pick. Angienc knows more about the Oscars than anybody so we’ll all be fighting for second place.
Be here for the Oscars Night Viewing Party or angienc will be unhappy. You really don’t want her to be unhappy, do you?