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83’rd Oscar Predictions

From the psychosexual tension of Black Swan to the mind bending panache of Inception, 2010 was fraught with new takes on some old concepts. Tomorrow night the gold statuettes at the 83’rd Academy Awards will be handed out and the winners and losers of millions of office pools around the country will be determined. Throwing one more hat into the pile, here’s our suggestions for who we think deserves the wins and who we think will actually get them.

Best Supporting Actor

Who should win: Christian Bale

Who will will: Christian Bale: Dick “Dicky” Eklund in “The Fighter”

In 2004, Christian Bale lost sixty-three pounds for his role in the Machinist. He achieved the feat with a self prescribed diet of consuming just one apple and a cup of coffee a day for weeks. In the Fighter, Bale once again becomes emaciated to play the part of Dicky Eklund, the drug addicted half brother of “Irish” Micky Ward. Like most of his roles he plays the part with an intensity unmatched and a detail far beyond mimicry. The depths Bale will go to to portray a character is no more clearer than it is here and that makes him deserving of the award. No other contender in the category even matches his dedication.

Best Actress

Who should win: Natalie Portman

Who will win: Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers in “Black Swan”

Natalie Portman was a great actress when she made her film debut at the age of 13 in Luc Besson’s Leon. Seventeen years later with several more credits to her name she’s continued her on screen presence with her killer performance as Nina Sayers in Black Swan. A famous vegan, Portman stuck to her diet while working out and training for 5-6 hours a day for a year in preparation for the role. The intense shoot, which rarely consisted of ballet doubles for her scenes shows an actress similar to her character; determined to get the recognition she deserves.

Best Picture

Who should win: A Tie. The Fighter or The Social Network

Who will win: The Social Network

Other nominee The King’s Speech has been gaining lots of traction in the race the last couple of weeks but our vote still goes to David Fincher’s The Social Network. No other film on this list aside from this one is a perfect snapshot of our current times. The Best Picture is usually handed out to the movie that will be reflected on in years to come and no other movie succeeds in that way other than the “Facebook” movie. Whether we like it or not, Facebook has become a revolutionarily widely used internet tool across the planet. The founding of it just happens to be an incredibly well made movie detailing it.

Best Supporting Actress

Who should win: Another tie. Both Melissa Leo and Amy Adams are deserving of the award for their work in “The Fighter”.

Who will win: Melissa Leo as Alice Ward in “The Fighter”

Melissa Leo’s transformation as the money hungry mother of her up and coming son in the Fighter is deserving of praise. She’s been around for years and her only major recognition was in her work for 2008’sFrozen River. She nails down the enabling, argumentative and downright trashy mom of Micky Ward so perfectly.

Best Director

Who should win: Darren Aranofsky

Who will win: David Fincher

Darren Aranofsky has been making great films and getting the best out of his actors ever since his black and white indie debut Pi. But rarely does the winner for Best Picture not also nab the best directing award as well. David Fincher is that man, a perfectionist through and through who wants the very best from everyone he works with. The opening bar scene took 95 takes to complete and he was fervent in the film’s accuracy. He didn’t get anything for Zodiac, now is his time.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Who should win: The Social Network

Who will win: Aaron Sorkin’s script for The Social Network

Aaron Sorkin is already a screenwriting legend with more classic lines to his name than all of the other nominees combined. His trademark rapid dialogue had viewers sucked in within the first few minutes and it didn’t let up until the credits rolled. You want the truth? This award is Sorkin’s.

Best Original Screenplay

Who should win: The Fighter

Who will win: The King’s Speech

Best Cinematography

Who should win: Black Swan

Who will win: Matthew Libatique for his work on “Black Swan”

Both Inception and the Social Network were well shot films but nothing on this list was as beautiful to look at as the stunning shots that Black Swan put on screen. The closing ballet scene puts this a notch above alone.

Best Film Editing

Who should and will win: The Social Network

Best Animated Feature

Who should and will win: Toy Story 3

C’mon, it’s Pixar!

Best Costume Design

Who will and should win: Alice in Wonderland

Best Visual Effects

Who should and will win: Inception

Best Sound Mixing

Who should and will win: Inception

Best Sound Editing

Who should and will win: Inception

Best Music (Original Score)

Who should and will win: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for “The Social Network”

*Note: The Best Actor category was omitted because I hadn’t seen all of the nominees and therefore couldn’t give an opinion.

Written By: K.J. Bulai

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