wOw’s Question of the Week

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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?

Marlo Thomas: So many great performances this year, but I’ll just tell you the ones that knocked my socks off. (And I do love that thrill of being wOwed:)

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”

Liz Smith: My bets are obvious.

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.

15 comments so far.

  1. avatar robertjet says:

    I think time Marlo  Thomas definitely will win the award.

  2. avatar Baby Snooks says:

    Sometimes one film “sweeps” the nominations and the awards and I suspect The King’s Speech will join the others that have unless Hollywood has finally forgotten what film is all about.  Which perhaps it has. We will find out soon enough.  

    Not sure we should romanticize the Duke and Duchess of Windsor but then the film is about Edward the King. Before he became Edward the Duke.  And the film is about a period of innocence, perhaps lost, as history unfolded.  A spectacular film in that sense.

    • avatar Anais P says:

      Did you even see the film? ”The King’s Speech” features the Duke and Duchess of Windsor as SUPPORTING characters played by Guy Pearce and Eve Best. No, the story of the film is about the Duke of YORK, Albert (“Bertie,” played by Colin Firth), who went on to become King George VI after his older brother, Edward VIII, abdicated to marry “the woman I love.” (Edward VIII, called David by his family, was then given the honorific title Duke of Windsor. He and his wife, the Duchess of Windsor, the former Wallis Simpson, then lived abroad for the rest of their lives.) The central plot is Bertie’s trying to overcome his stammer so he can make speeches to the United Kingdom, first as Duke and later as King, which he never wanted to be. Hence the title, “The King’s Speech,” which has absolutely nothing to do with the Duke of Windsor.

      • avatar Baby Snooks says:

        Yes I did see it. One of the few films I have actually wanted to see.  And I did find it rather “sympathetic” to Edward the King who became Edward the Duke and who then according to some plotted with Hitler to become Edward the King again.

      • avatar Hannah Smith says:

        Like you, Baby, I felt The King’s Speech to be one of the better films in the running for top awards this year. However, the prize itself will surely go to The Social Network. Nothing else has garnered as much attention or as many accolades thus far; the Academy rarely strays from those that come before it. It could happen, but it would have to be a major upset to do it.
        As some of the others have mentioned also, Jacki Weaver’s performance really ought to be recognized, at least with nominations. She was phenomenal. That being said, I didn’t find her performance all that strikingly different than Melissa Leo’s in The Fighter – and the latter having more money and acclaim behind it, it stands to reason that Leo will likely take the Oscar.
        Finally, it’s a real shame none of the women on this supposed site FOR women are mentioning Winter’s Bone, in my not-so-humble opinion the best and most strikingly intriguing film of the year. A much more interesting story of overcoming the odds than either King’s Speech OR Social Network (or The Fighter, for that matter, which was mostly pretty yawn-worthy, aside from Ms. Leo and Ms. Adams), people seem to have forgotten as we near Oscar season the incredible talent of Debra Granik, an astonishing female director, Anne Rosselini, her co-writer/producer, and Jennifer Lawrence, the star turn that is being overlooked as everyone gawks at Hailee Steinfeld’s big eyes and lips.
        Unfortunately, though young and obviously fairly pretty, Steinfeld has about the emotional range of a rock: that is to say, none. Lawrence, on the other hand, carries her film, and deserves every nomination she’s gotten thus far. That a 16-year-old can display so much poise and so much genuine emotion on film is a thing of legend that deserves to be recognized and rewarded. Unfortunately, I fear the lack of money behind the film along with the lack of marketing (and its unfortunate release time – mid-summer) will leave it taking home nothing at all.
        Sad. Natalie Portman will likely win the Oscar; and she did well, I guess. Still, nothing touches Winter’s Bone this year for performance, writing, and depth. I’ve seen all the other nominees; rehashed biopics about men overcoming supposedly “difficult” or heart-rending events and remade western snoozefests – they don’t come close.

  3. avatar Sue Fawcett says:

    An unsung great performance – Matt Damon in “True Grit”. I think Marlo Thomas’ choices will be the winners. I thought “Inception” was a great movie, along with “The Fighter” and “True Grit.” I thought “Black Swan” was predictable, although Natalie Portman was outstanding and deserves recognition as “Best Actress.” I didn’t like “The Social Network” as much as others, and do not quite understand the acclaim accorded it.

  4. avatar SMALL TOWN GIRL says:

    Of them all I only saw Black Swan and agree it was pretty predicatable, also thoght Natalie has zero sex appeal in it. But as far as performance of dance on spot 

  5. avatar D C says:

    Well gee… I just saw the Harry Potter movie this past weekend.  I have some catching up to do in a hurry!

  6. avatar Rho says:

    I am ashamed to say I have not seen any of these movies.  I am a Broadway Show person.

  7. avatar Paul Smith says:

    Should they omit Lesley Manville’s tour de force for “Another Year” & Jacki Weaver’s chilling perfection in “Animal Kingdom”, then it really is about “Who are you wearing?”

  8. avatar Harriet Shoebridge says:

    Paul Giamatti was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Barney in the film version of novel of same title, Canadian author, Mordecai Richler, himself funny, wise, staunchly politically incorrect and much beloved Canadian writer.  So, as a citizen of The Great White North … Go Paul!!!!  (smiling … )

  9. avatar Donna H says:

    I’ve seen few films lately, but I loved Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”.
    He is one of two actors I’d even pay to watch read the phone book (the other is Sean Connery).

  10. avatar V B says:

    Russell Crowe in The Next Three Days.  Even tho’ we have come to expect him to give a performance of a certain level, doesn’t mean his work should be over looked.  A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, Master & Commander, State of Play..he is a brilliant actor.  His performance in The Next Three Days was excellent.  It should be recognized.

  11. avatar Tee Zee says:

    Ryan Gosling.  I was captivated by his character in “Murder by the Numbers”, convinced it was a fluke. Then I caught “The United States of Leland” and was blown away by “The Notebook”.  I was prepared to hate “Lars and the Real Girl” and wanted to shout, ‘please, please, please don’t go all Nick Cage on me” but the performance I got lost in.
    Hope theres a performance in Crazy, Stupid, Love or perhaps the “Ides of March” that will finally rocket him to the community of Oscar.

  12. avatar Belinda Joy says:

    This is the first year in probably 25 years that I have absolutely no desire to watch the Oscars because none of the movies nominated I have 1. seen and 2. care to see.