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2011 Oscars: Will Win/Should Win

The 2011 Academy Awards are just four days away, so the time has come to put together my Will Win/Should Win piece for this year’s awards slate.  What looked to be a relatively easy ballot to predict has become considerably more muddled, and in the present state of the race, upsets are likely on Sunday night.  And with that in mind, I’ve tilted the “Will Wins” a little in favor of my heart…while trying to keep my brain working.  After all, the two really inhabit the same residence.

Best Picture:

127 Hours

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

Should Win:  The Social Network

Will Win: The King’s Speech

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky

Joel and Ethan Coen

David Fincher

Tom Hooper

David O. Russell

Should Win:  David Fincher

Will Win:  David Fincher

Best Actor

Javier Bardem (Biutiful)

Jeff Bridges (True Grit)

Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)

Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)

James Franco (127 Hours)

Should Win: Jesse Eisenberg

Will Win: Colin Firth

Best Actress

Annette Benning (The Kids Are All Right)

Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)

Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)

Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)

Should Win:  Jennifer Lawrence

Will Win: Natalie Portman

Best Supporting Actor

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)

Should Win: Christian Bale

Will Win:  Christian Bale

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams (The Fighter)

Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)

Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)

Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

Should Win:  Hailee Steinfeld

Will Win:  Melissa Leo

Original Screenplay

Another Year

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

Should Win:  Inception

Will Win:  The King’s Speech

Best Adapted Screenplay

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

Should Win: The Social Network

Will Win:  The Social Network

Best Editing

127 Hours

Black Swan

The Fighter

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

Should Win:  Inception (NOT NOMINATED!)

Will Win:  The Social Network

Best Cinematography

Black Swan

Inception

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

True Grit

Should Win:  Inception/Social Network (Toss-UP)

Will Win:  True Grit

Best Original Score

127 Hours

How To Train Your Dragon

Inception

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

Should Win:  The Social Network

Will Win:  The Social Network (Trent Reznor gets an Oscar!!!)

 

 

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