Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards will be announced on January 25. What would your choices be for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture?
Actor: Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” and Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
Actress: Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Supporting Actor : Christian Bale in “The Fighter” (does everyone know he is Gloria Steinem’s stepson?) and Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”
Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo in “The Fighter” (wowOwow indeed!)
Best Movie : A tie – “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech”
Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech” as Best Actor and Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” as Best Actress.
Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale for “The Fighter” and Best Supporting Actress Annette Bening for “The Kids Are All Right.” (If she is nominated in that category.) Best Picture: “The King’s Speech.” But that’s wishful thinking. “The Social Network” will win.
Candice Bergen: Hummnn. Well, to me the real competition this year is in Best Supporting, which is packed with tough choices. Especially the women! Melissa Leo in “The Fighter” … my God. What a performance. And Amy Adams in same flick. Outstanding. Hailey Steinfeld in “True Grit.” Some debut. Julianne Moore in “The Kids Are All Right.” Helena Bonham Carter for “The King’s Speech.” Lovely. I’m sure I’m forgetting people.
Best Supporting Men … again, “The Fighter” with Christian Bale, who somehow transforms himself totally for each role. He is utterly fearless and fantastic. Matt Damon in “True Grit.” Wonderful. Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech.” Amazing.
As for Best Actor … “The King’s Speech” again for Colin Firth, who is always flawless and touching. Beautifully detailed, invisible work. Jeff Bridges in “True Grit.” James Franco in “127 Hours” — challenging part pulled off perfectly. Mark Wahlberg in “The Fighter,” which he also produced.
Best Actress…Natalie Portman was fantastic in “Black Swan.” But so was Annette Bening in “The Kids are All Right.”
Best Director … again, I loved “The Fighter” by David O Russell. Thought it was incredibly shot and great sense of place and performances. “The King’s Speech” was my early favorite. Wonderfully directed film. Tom Hooper. “127 Hours” should never have made a movie and Danny Boyle did a fantastic job. “True Grit” marks the Cohen Brothers moving to a new, classical plateau. A beautifully made film.
Best film? Hell. All of the above. Probably would put “The King’s Speech” first, but loved “The Fighter” and “True Grit.” Also “127 Hours.”
Fun, rich field this year and I’m sure I’ve forgotten some.
Jean Chatzky: I saw many of the 10 Best lists for the year and was amazed that “The King’s Speech” was missing from so many. That would be my best picture. Actor: Colin Firth. Actress: Natalie Portman. Director: David Fincher
Joan Ganz Cooney: My favorite pictures are “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech.” I personally did not think it was a very good movie year. Natalie Portman will probably win Best Actress, and I hated her and the movie. I hope Colin Firth wins Best Actor … beyond that, I don’t really care.