The Social Network
The King’s Speech
The Kids Are All Right
Toy Story 3
Should Win I’d be the most happy with Social Network, Black Swan, or The Kids Are All Right. There’s no real Blind Side this year, but The King’s Speech is the least deserving… and it’s also one of the front-runners.
Will Win: The Social Network has a real shot, but so does The King’s Speech. Many have already handed it to King George, but I’m leaning toward King Zuckerberg.
Snubbed: There’s really no Blind Side this year among the nominees. However, over The King’s Speech I would’ve nominated The Ghost Writer, Enter the Void, White Material, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Splice or I Am Love.
Tom Hooper- The King’s Speech
Darren Aronofsky- Black Swan
Joel & Ethan Coen- True Grit
David Fincher- The Social Network
David O. Russell- The Fighter
Should Win: Aronofsky. His direction on Black Swan was the best thing about the movie, which is saying a lot. Fincher is also great, but so many other elements of Social Network would’ve worked on their own if not as well. You can’t really say that about Black Swan.
Will Win: Fincher. Even if The Social Network doesn’t walk away with the night’s biggest trophy, this one is a pretty safe bet.
Snubbed: Yes, yes, Christopher Nolan deserved a nomination for Inception here over Tom Hooper, but don’t forget Danny Boyle. His direction on 127 Hours was impeccable and his movie was better than both Inception and The King’s Speech. I’d also throw in Lisa Cholodenko’s low-key genius in The Kid’s Are All Right, Gasper Noe’s hallucinatory brilliance in Enter the Void, Roman Polanski’s artful storytelling in The Ghost Writer and the mesmerizing work of Claire Denis in White Material.