It’s Oscar time. Here, as always, for nothing more than kicks n’ giggles, are the Aisle Seat’s annual picks for Oscar gold. Please, no wagering.
If I could stuff the envelope, the winner would be… Colin Firth.
And he will be. In fact, this is the one category that you CAN bet the farm. Go ahead. The guy’s won every other known piece of hardware (Golden Globe, SAG. Critic’s Choice, Nobel… well, OK, maybe not that last one) for his role in The King’s Speech – and, thank goodness, he’s won them deservedly.
For months, this has been Firth’s prize to lose. And he won’t.
PREDICTION: Colin Firth.
If I could stuff the envelope, the winner would be… Natalie Portman.
And, much like Firth, she’s darn close to a lock.
The Black Swan isn’t dominating the nominations like most thought it would, but it’s tough to imagine Portman not taking Oscar home for her headlining performance, and not an easy one at that. Kinda sad Mila Kunis didn’t get a supporting nod –– she was just as good.
PREDICTION: Natalie Portman.
If I could stuff the envelope, the winner would be…. Tom Hooper.
Unfortunately, Hooper –– the director of The King’s Speech –– will likely be nudged out by crowd favourite, David Fincher.
The buzz for his flick, The Social Network, has tapered off somewhat, but there’s no denying it was an extremely well constructed motion picture, so full credit to the man who did the heavy lifting.
PREDICTION: David Fincher.
If I could stuff the envelope, the winner would be, The King’s Speech.
I know, I’ve said a few times, I thought the best movie of the year was The Fighter. And truthfully, I still do. But after seeing The King’s Speech a couple of times now, I’ve grown very fond of it.
The period piece really is a remarkable film. Remarkable enough, I figure, to win the big one. I wouldn’t be shocked if The Social Network pulls off an upset, but I wouldn’t count on it either.
PREDICTION: The King’s Speech.
ROUNDING OUT THE PICKS…
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
If I could stuff the envelope… Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech.
PREDICTION: Christian Bale, The Fighter.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
If I could stuff the envelope… Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit.
PREDICTION: Melissa Leo, The Fighter.