Oscar winners predicted for 2011

Jesse Eisenberg (left) shows off his Internet creation.

Best

Director

Nominees: Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan, Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit, David Fincher for The Social Network, Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech and David O. Russell for The Fighter.

Who Should Win: David Fincher for The Social Network — Fincher is known to be a perfectionist as a director, and he films multiple takes of each scene until he gets what he’s looking for. It’s clear in his latest film that all of the strenuous work paid off. He skillfully captured both the college world and the business world and didn’t leave out any pertinent details as he chronicled the origins of Facebook. Fincher easily transported us into the story, and once the film dissolved into the first frame, we were hooked.

Christian Bale (left) plays Mark Wahlberg’s brother.

Best

Supporting Actor

Nominees: Christian Bale for The Fighter, John Hawkes for Winter’s Bone, Jeremy Renner for The Town, Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right and Geoffrey Rush for The King’s Speech.

Who Should Win: Christian Bale for The Fighter — In 2010, no actor threw himself into a role like Bale did. As the boxer-turned-cocaine-addict Dicky Eklund, Bale proved again to be one of the most dedicated actors in the business. He takes on a fluent Boston accent so well that he comes off as an authentic native of the area. He lost weight (again) for a film role, and is almost unrecognizable with his scrawny appearance. You may forget that this is Bale, but his performance is unforgettable.


Melissa Leo plays the ultimate dedicated mother.

Best

Supporting Actress

Nominees: Amy Adams for The Fighter, Helena Bonham Carter for The King’s Speech, Melissa Leo for The Fighter, Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit and Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom.

Who Should Win: Melissa Leo for The Fighter — Her character might not be a boxer; but Leo as Alice Eklund has as much fight in her as her pugilist sons. She is a mother who would do anything to help her children succeed, and someone that you certainly wouldn’t want to cross paths with. Leo takes the role of a sports mom to a new level. Alice exhibits tough love, but it’s love nonetheless. She is one hard-hitting firecracker.


Colin Firth overcomes a speech impediment to take control.

Best

Actor

Nominees: Javier Bardem for Biutiful, Jeff Bridges for True Grit, Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network, Colin Firth for The King’s Speechand James Franco for 127 Hours.

Who Should Win: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech — We’re used to watching actors portray famous leaders. What separates Firth’s performance from the rest is that it’s not his subjects that look to him for help. Rather, it’s the King that asks for assistance from one of his subjects. In that, he can be seen as an average person, asking for help like any other person would, and it’s fascinating. Firth masters a stutter and he easily wins us over. His sympathetic performance is nothing short of regal.


Natalie Portman loses herself in a role in Black Swan.

Best

Actress

Nominees: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right, Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole, Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone, Natalie Portman for Black Swan and Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine.

Who Should Win: Natalie Portman for Black Swan — As a ballerina who’s obsessed with being the best dancer she can be, Portman’s performance is transformative, quite literally at times. She spirals down a rabbit hole of insanity and drags us down with her. We see her go from an angelic young woman to a seductive sprite; this role is a worthy vessel for Portman’s considerable talent.

– All predictions composed by Vincent Abbatecola, sophomore English and journalism major.


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