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Daily Oscar picks

Daily Oscar picks

February 25
00:44 2011

OPINION

By Holly Harvey / Intern –

From Mark Zuckerberg to Buzz Lightyear to British monarchs, the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday has something for everyone.

The top contender at this year’s Oscars is the British royal drama “The King’s Speech,” leading with 12 nominations. The Coen Brothers’ western “True Grit” follows with 10 nominations, and the forceful Facebook film, “The Social Network,” has eight nominations.

BEST PICTURE

Who will win: It’s a showdown between the intense, nail-biting “The Social Network” and the heavy, emotional “The King’s Speech.”

“The Social Network” comes out ahead as the film brazenly dives into Facebook and delivers a stark look at the world today.

Who should win: “The Social Network.” Both films have talented casts, and with its mile-a-minute dialogue, real-life implications and iconic cinematography, “The Social Network” edges out “The King’s Speech.”

BEST ACTOR

Who will win: Colin Firth, for his performance as the abashed, stuttering King George VI. Jesse Eisenberg is a close second in “The Social Network,” as the brilliant yet socially inept Facebook founder.

Who should win: Colin Firth. He’s already won the Golden Globe and British Academy of Film and Arts Award for his dramatic portrayal. The Oscars shouldn’t be different.

BEST ACTRESS

Who will win: Natalie Portman in “Black Swan,” as an obsessive ballerina slowly descending into madness. The Academy loves to give awards for extreme, out-there performances.

Who should win: Michelle Williams, the opposite of Portman, delivers a subtle, outstanding performance in “Blue Valentine,” which portrays the heart-wrenching breakdown of a marriage.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Who will win: Christian Bale for his portrayal of real-life boxer Dicky Eklund, accomplished with style and humanity, in “The Fighter.”

Who should win: Geoffrey Rush as the unconventional speech teacher in “The King’s Speech.” Rush is dynamic as the unrestrained educator who liberates King George VI from stuttering through peculiar methods.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Who will win: Melissa Leo as an abrasive, intense mom, in “The Fighter.” Another outlandish performance the Academy will reward.

Who should win: Jacki Weaver gave an exceptional performance as the tough matriarch of a crime family in the Australian film “Animal Kingdom.” Also, watch out for 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld as daughter seeking justice in the western “True Grit.”

BEST DIRECTOR

Who will win: David Fincher, previously nominated for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” will finally win with the excellent “The Social Network.”

Who should win: David Fincher shows strong vision and depth in “The Social Network,” and produces a movie that defines a generation.

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