Contest: Who will/should/could win an Oscar

02/24/2011 8:00 AM |

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It pays to have friends in high places. At least at Academy Awards time, that is. And because I know two people involved on the fringes of the movie and entertainment industries, I get to see just about every Oscar-worthy movie just about every year. For free!

These “For Your Consideration” DVDs aren’t really supposed to be passed around, but something tells me they are by just about every member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences who gets to vote on the Oscars.

So, without further ado, following is this avid movie fan’s take on what will transpire in Hollywood this coming Sunday evening. (ABC Television Network, 8:30 p.m. until only God knows when.)

And if you can hang in there until the end of this column, there’s a challenge awaiting that could win you a $100 gift certificate to the Mattituck Cinemas.

BEST PICTURE: I’ve seen nine out of the 10 nominees, with “Toy Story 3” the one missing link. Of the others, “Inception” was the only one I could not force myself to sit through until the bitter end. It was way too frenetic and disjointed for this senior citizen. Besides, in my opinion it doesn’t belong on a list of the top five movies, and I still don’t understand why the Academy extended the Best Picture list from five to 10 in the first place. Couldn’t be greed, could it?

And the winner is: “The King’s Speech” — because Hollywood always has been gaga over the royals. Long shot: “The Social Network” — because the new media is fast becoming the new royals.

And the winner should be: “True Grit” — because it accomplishes what it sets out to do, albeit quite modestly, without missing a beat. PS: “Winter’s Bone” is an outstanding movie, but it’s not going to win because its subject matter is so very bleak. And Hollywood doesn’t like bleak.

BEST DIRECTOR: And the winner is: David Fincher (“The Social Network”) — because of guilt over not having named his movie Best Picture. Long shot: Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) — because he must be really “gifted” to fashion such a bizarre tale. And the winner should be: Joel and Ethan Coen (“True Grit”) — because (see Best Picture above).

BEST ACTRESS: And the winner is: Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) — because if there’s a lock in this year’s competition, this could be it. Long shot: Michelle Williams (“Blue Valentine”) —  because this probably is the only way this outstanding flick will be recognized Sunday. (Her co-star, Ryan Gosling, should have been nominated for Best Actor.)

And the winner could (not should) be: Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”). But, once again, Hollywood doesn’t like sad stories, and it doesn’t get any sadder than this. P.S.: Jennifer Lawrence was amazing, particularly in that “Winter’s Bone” was her first ever movie role.

BEST ACTOR: And the winner is: Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) — because he plays a royal, doesn’t he? Long shot: Jeff Bridges (“True Grit”). Not likely to win because the Academy wouldn’t honor him two years in a row even if he deserved it, would they? And the winner could be: James Franco (“127 Hours”) even though he has about nine lines of dialogue and ends up cutting off his own arm.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: And the winner is: Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) — because even though her co-star, Amy Adams, gives an equally memorable performance, Leo chews on the scenery just enough to win a split decision. Long shot: Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech”) — because she plays a royal … and for lifetime achievement. And the winner could be: Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”). She’s another first timer who carries this movie every bit as much as Jeff Bridges.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: And the winner is: Christian Bale (“The Fighter”). Please disregard what I said earlier about Natalie Portman being the most likely lock. It’s Bale, no doubt about it. Long shot: Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”). You know why.

And the winner could be: Jeremy Renner (“The Town”) — because this highly entertaining movie from director Ben Affleck really does deserve to win something. Besides, Renner should have won Best Actor last year for his role in “The Hurt Locker.”

And now, the chance to claim that $100 gift certificate. All you must do to win is post a comment naming the most winners in the six categories cited above — having done so, of course, prior to the 8:30 p.m. Sunday airing of the Academy Awards broadcast.

Sorry, but in the event of a tie, the value of the gift certificate will be divided by the number of winners. Remember, these are difficult economic times — but popcorn is included.

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  • Best Picture: The King’s Speech; Best Director: Darren Aronofsky; Best Actress: Natalie Portman; Best Actor: Jeff Bridges; Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld; Best Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush

  • I know as a Times/Review employee I am probably disqualified, but I wanted to throw in my two cents anyway.

    Best Picture: The King’s Speech
    Director: Fincher-Social Network
    Actress: Portman
    Actor: Firth
    Supporting Actor: Bale
    Supporting Actress: Leo

    Basically, I agree with Troy.

  • I agree with Vera!! I saw most of the movies, and these are definitely my picks!

    Best Picture: The King’s Speech
    Director: Fincher-Social Network
    Actress: Portman
    Actor: Firth
    Supporting Actor: Bale
    Supporting Actress: Leo

  • Best Picture: The King’s Speech
    Director: Fincher-Social Network
    Actress: Portman
    Actor: Firth
    Supporting Actor: Bale
    Supporting Actress: Steinfeld

  • i too enjoyed most theses movies! here are my picks
    Best picture: the social network
    director: fincher
    actress: natalie portman
    actor: james franco
    aupporting actress: melissa leo
    suppoting actor:christain bale

  • My Picks;
    Best Picture: The Kings Speach
    Best Director: True Grit
    Best Actress:Natalie Portmean
    Best Actor:Colin Firth
    Supporting Actress:Halie Steinfeld
    Supporting Actor:Geofrey Rush

  • BEST PICTURE: “The Social Network”

    BEST DIRECTOR: And the winner is: David Fincher (“The Social Network”)

    BEST ACTRESS: Michelle Williams (“Blue Valentine”)

    BEST ACTOR: Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christian Bale (“The Fighter”).

  • Best Picture: Social Network
    Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
    Best Actress:Natalie Portman
    Best Actor:Colin Firth
    Supporting Actress:Helena Carter
    Supporting Actor:Christian Bale

  • BEST PICTURE: “Inception”
    BEST DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”)
    BEST ACTRESS: Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”)
    BEST ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio (“Inception”)
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”)
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christian Bale (“The Fighter”).

  • Best picture-the social network
    Actor-Colin firth
    Actress-Natalie Portman
    Supporting actress-Leo
    Supporting actor-Bale
    Director-Fincher

  • BEST PICTURE: The Social Network
    BEST DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
    BEST ACTRESS: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
    BEST ACTOR: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christian Bale (The Fighter)

  • best picture: the social network, and david fincher, director, to win. best actress: natalie portman to win. best actor: colin firth to win ( everyone’s in love w/him this year, though franco is a strong contender). best supporting actor: christian bale to win. best supporting actress: melissa leo to win (although my vote would go to lesley manville)

  • The “For Your Consideration” DVDs are the property of the studios that send it out to Academy members. The studios and the Academy are deeply concerned about this issue since these are DVDs that can be easily pirated and sold illegally robbing artists of their hard earned rewards. Would you appreciate someone stealing copyrighted material from The Suffolk Times? Your “friends in high places” are in jeopardy of never receiving a DVD again and facing disciplinary action from the Academy. I suggest you watch these DVDs in your friends’ homes or, better yet, spend a few bucks and go to the movies and support a local merchant who may even be an advertiser in your newspapers.

  • As a matter of fact, Mr. Edelson, I did watch the movies in question in the homes of the Academy members in question. But thanks for the lecture, nevertheless.

  • BEST PICTURE: The King’s Speech
    BEST DIRECTOR: David Fincher (The Social Network)
    BEST ACTRESS: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
    BEST ACTOR: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christian Bale (The Fighter)

  • Best Pic: The Social Network
    Dirctor: Fincher
    Actress: Natalie Portman
    Actor: Colin Firth
    Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo
    Supporting Actor: Christian Bale

  • Picture: Social Network
    Director: David Fincher
    Actor: Colin Firth
    Actress: Annette Bening
    Supp. Actor: Chrisitan Bale
    Supp. Actree: Melissa Leo

  • Congratulations to Pamela, our contest winner. Pamela’s picks, as posted on the same story on Riverheadnewsreview.com, were as follows:

    Contest-

    Best Picture: The Kings Speech
    Best Director: Tom Hooper
    Best Actor: Colin Firth
    Best Actress: Natalie Portman
    Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale
    Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo

  • Congratulations to Pamela, our contest winner. Pamela’s picks, as posted on the same story on Riverheadnewsreview.com, were as follows:

    Contest-

    Best Picture: The Kings Speech
    Best Director: Tom Hooper
    Best Actor: Colin Firth
    Best Actress: Natalie Portman
    Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale
    Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo