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.
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.
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.
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.
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.