From Mary Burgan
The Academy Award presentations last Sunday evening gave movie viewers just what they expected. Although The King’s Speech didn’t win every award, it took best picture, leading actor, director, and screenplay, as predicted. But the other awards were shared with other good movies like The Fighter and Black Swan and The Social Network. I’ve checked my recent predictions for the big ones, and they were on the mark, mainly. Now, how can we see the nominees we missed?
Check out Mary’s pre-Oscar movie reviews; the list is at the bottom of this post.
Among films that were featured though not winners, Biutiful, is still in theaters around town. And West End has brought back Winter’s Bone. So has Avalon, which is also showing several other of the more famous nominees. E Street Cinema has the top winners as well, plus the heart-breaking Blue Valentine. So you can catch the top films in many places in the city, though you’ll have to get films that have left the theaters, like The Kids Are All Right, on DVD.
From Mary Burgan
The King’s Speech may sweep the Oscars at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night. I think that would be a big shame, and all my may go-to’s reflect that possibility. Please note that I make a conscious distinction below among may, could and should following each of my predictions.
- Picture: The King’s Speech (should go to The Fighter)
- Actress: Natalie Portman for Black Swan (could go to Annette Benning for The Kids Are All Right)
- Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo for The Fighter (may go to Helena Bonham Carter for The King’s Speech)
- Actor: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech (should tie with Javier Bardem for Biutiful)
- Supporting Actor: Christian Bale for The Fighter (may go to Geoffrey Rush for The King’s Speech )
- Director: David Fincher for The Social Network (may go to Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech)
- Documentary Feature: Restropo (one of the best films of the year!)
- Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
- Foreign Language Film: Biutiful
- Cinematography: True Grit
- Visual Effects: Inception
- Costume Design: I Am Love
Pre-Oscar Movie Reviews from Mary
- Biutiful One of the Best Films of the Year
- The Town, Animal Kingdom: Crime Runs in the Family
- Why You Should See Blue Valentine and Rabbit Hole
- Grit and Bone: Oscar Nominates Strong Teen-Aged Girls
- The King’s Speech an Oscar Picture for Colin Firth
- Chasing the Oscar Buzz: Part 2 (The Fighter)
- Chasing the Oscar Buzz: Part 1 (Toy Story and The Kids Are Alright)