The big night is edging ever closer and with the Golden Globes, the SAGs, the Producers Guild Awards and numerous other bold-name award-dispensing bodies casting their votes for what films and actors deserve to be recognized above all others this year, we asked three members from within the Cineplex team to share their predictions for who and what will win triumph come the 83rd annual Academy Awards. For a more in-depth look at who will win, and who SHOULD win, head here and catch Part II of our picks here.
Check out what Cineplex.com's Emma Badame, Cineplex Magazine editor Marni Weisz and Vice President of Film Jason Fulsom had to say when it came to determining who will be an Oscar richer as of February 27. And catch up on everything Academy Awards with our complete coverage.
Emma BadameProducer/writer Cineplex.com
Editor, Cineplex Magazine
Jason FulsomVP Film, Cineplex Entertainment
Actor in a leading role
||Colin Firth has this one sewn up. His performance is nuanced, heartbreaking, powerful and, when it comes to Oscar, unbeatable.||Colin Firth deserves it, and Colin Firth will win it. It's not easy to stumble over your words on purpose.||Seems like Colin Firth should have more than just two Oscar noms. No matter - he brings this one home.|
|Actor in a supporting role||Christian Bale and the Academy are done professionally. Or, the opposite. Let's call it more the beginning of a beautiful friendship.||Christian Bale will win for doing what he does best — transforming.||Geoffrey Rush.
The Academy goes for the more traditional
candidate here despite Christian Bale's brilliant turn.
|Actress in a leading role
||Annette Bening is one of Hollywood’s best and she’s been without an Oscar for too long. Despite the Portman push, expect an upset.||Honestly, I thought her performance was dull and contrived, but this is going to be Natalie Portman's year.||
Natalie Portman. This one has been signed, sealed and delivered for some time now.
|Actress in a supporting role
||Oscar has a habit of giving this one to precocious youngsters so I’m thinking Hailee Steinfeld might just surprise.||The Academy likes to give one major award to a lesser-known actor, this year it'll be Melissa Leo for The Fighter.||
Had totally forgotten she nabbed a lead nom for Frozen River. She wins this time.
|Achievement in directing
||Though Tom Hooper shocked everyone by winning at the Director's Guild Awards, Social Network helmer David Fincher is pretty much a lock.||I'm a huge Tom Hooper fan, but I think the Academy will go with the better-known American, David Fincher.||
Wish I could vote for Chris Nolan here - but,
alas, no nomination.
|Motion picture of the year
The Social Network had the momentum approaching awards season, but now it all belongs to The King's Speech.
||The Social Network was excellent, but I didn't leave with the same glow as after The King's Speech. I choose the latter.
The King's Speech.
believe in timing your momentum for the Oscars, this is the winner. Sorry
|Animated feature film||Though How To Train Your Dragon swept at the Annies, there's no denying Pixar's chops.Toy Story 3 deserves to win.||Toy Story 3's incinerator scene was one of 2010's most emotionally impactful scenes. For that, I pick it to win.||
Toy Story 3. The way the noms came out, this category should
be a no-brainer. Can How to Train Your Dragon surprise, though?
|Foreign language film||I may be biased, but the buzz around Incendies can't be ignored. Look for Denis Villeneuve's affecting drama to bring Oscar north of the border.||I have no idea, so instead of doing loads of research, I'll be a homer and pick Indendies.||
Incendies. Total homer pick ... but a very deserving film
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