The 83rd Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday night, bringing an end to Hollywood’s annual gold rush. Ten films are up for the coveted Best Picture. This year’s hopefuls include “127 Hours,” “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone.”
The 83rd Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday night, bringing an end to Hollywood’s annual gold rush.
Ten films are up for the coveted Best Picture. This year’s hopefuls include “127 Hours,” “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone.”
Yes, I said “Toy Story 3.”
Since its theatrical release, "The Social Network" has been the film to beat. It has drawn critical praise and a slew of honors including Golden Globe for Best Picture Drama. It also managed to score eight Oscar nominations.
But the trend seems to lean toward “The King’s Speech,” which racked up an impressive 12 nominations. Most polls show “The King’s Speech” as the front-runner.
I have seen less than half the nominated films for Best Picture, so it’s hard to give an accurate prediction. I’m not alone. There are usually a few each year that most movie lovers haven’t had a chance to see until after the Oscars.
“The King’s Speech” definitely has my interest. I think Colin Firth is one of today’s best talents. He has given several Oscar-worthy performances over the years, and it seems as if this movie was made for him. I am most certain he’ll nab his first Oscar for Best Actor, too, for his portrayal of King George VI.
As much as I think the polls are probably correct, I still hope “The Social Network” can pull off an upset here at least for Best Picture. I think Jesse Eisenberg did an outstanding job portraying Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, but I don’t think he’ll overthrow Firth for Best Actor.
What I liked best about “The Social Network” was its relevance. It’s cool to see a movie about something making an impact on the world now, rather than 50 years from now.
Director David Fincher did a splendid job showing how the formation of Facebook took shape, but not in a biopic sort of way. Fincher allows viewers to see what different people had to say about the fruition of the game-changing social networking site.
Facebook has become an important aspect of just about everyone’s daily life. Don’t you find it just a little bit easier to know that “Linda” is having pizza with “Frank” or that “Sam” is currently doing laundry while getting ready for the game?
Zuckerberg’s invention, whether you believe was all his or not, has made an impact beyond expectations. It revolutionized the Internet, almost to necessity proportions. Time magazine even named him their Person of the Year for 2010.
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