So, normally I do not like to predict the nominees for the Oscars, simply because I am usually either way off or completely unsure, just because you can never be quite sure, but I decided to throw in my predictions anyway. Looking at many other predictions, mine are pretty much along the same lines, save for a few curve balls that are perhaps wishful thinking on my part. Though I have not seen all of these films, from hearsay and whatnot, I have a pretty good idea. I guess we will all see on January 25th at 5:30am!

Best Picture

  • Black Swan
  • The Social Network
  • Inception
  • True Grit
  • The King’s Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Fighter
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Winter’s Bone
  • Toy Story 3


Best Director:

  • Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
  • David Fincher, “The Social Network”
  • Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
  • The Coen Brothers, “True Grit”
  • Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”


Best Leading Actor

  • Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
  • Jeff Bridges, “True Grit”
  • Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
  • James Franco, “127 Hours”
  • Robert Duvall, “Get Low”


Best Leading Actress

  • Annette Bening, “The Kid’s Are All Right”
  • Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
  • Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
  • Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”
  • Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”


Best Supporting Actor

  • Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”
  • Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
  • Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network”
  • Mark Ruffalo, “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Jeremy Renner, “The Town”

(Would kill for John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”, to be nominated!)


Best Supporting Actress

  • Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”
  • Amy Adams, “The Fighter”
  • Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”
  • Jackie Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”


Best Original Screenplay

  • David Speidler, “The King’s Speech”
  • Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko, “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Mike Leigh, “Another Year”
  • Christopher Nolan, “Inception
  • Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin, “Black Swan


Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network
  • Michael Arndt, “Toy Story 3
  • Ben Affleck, Peter Craig, Aaron Stockard, “The Town
  • Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, “True Grit
  • Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Daniel Woodrell, “Winter’s Bone”


Best Cinematography

  • Inception
  • Black Swan
  • True Grit
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network


Best Animated Feature

  • Toy Story 3
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Despicable Me


Best Makeup

  • Alice In Wonderland
  • The Fighter
  • The Wolfman


Best Visual Effects

  • Inception
  • Tron: Legacy
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part One


Best Film Editing

  • Inception
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
  • Black Swan
  • The King’s Speech


Best Costume Design

  • Alice In Wonderland
  • True Grit
  • The King’s Speech
  • Secretariat
  • The Tempest


Best Original Score

  • Hans Zimmer, “Inception”
  • Trent Rezner, Atticus Ross, “The Social Network”
  • Daft Punk, “Tron: Legacy”


Best Original Song

  • “Shine”, “Waiting For Superman
  • “If I Rise”, 127 Hours
  • “We Belong Together”, Toy Story 3
  • “I See The Light”, Tangled
  • “Darling I Do”, Shrek Forever After  **Hoping this won’t get overlooked!**


Best Documentary

  • Waiting For Superman
  • Restrepo
  • Exit Through The Gift Shop
  • Joan Rivers-A Piece of Work
  • Inside Job

(Client 9 & The Tillman Story are close here too)


Best Art Direction

  • Shutter Island
  • The King’s Speech
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • True Grit
  • Inception

(Could potentially see “Tron: Legacy” sneak in here)


Best Sound Mixing

  • Black Swan
  • True Grit
  • Tron: Legacy
  • The Social Network
  • Inception


Best Sound Editing

  • Tron: Legacy
  • Inception
  • Iron Man 2
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • 127 Hours


Best Foreign Feature

  • Mexico, “Biutiful,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director;
  • Denmark, “In a Better World,” Susanne Bier, director;
  • Greece, “Dogtooth,” Yorgos Lanthimos, director;
  • Algeria, “Hors la Loi” (“Outside the Law”), Rachid Bouchareb, director;
  • South Africa, “Life, above All,” Oliver Schmitz, director;

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