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The Oscar Contenders (and a Christmas wish)

The Oscar Contenders (and a Christmas wish)

A Christmas Holiday Oscar wish, but first…

In the wake of this week’s Guru’s o’ Gold list (over at Movie City News), there’s a micro debate happening online about which film is currently in the lead for Oscar. Eight of us say that “The Social Network” is at the head of the pack, while five pick “The King’s Speech” as the front-runner. Some feel that critical acclaim and popular awareness is currently propelling the Facebook movie, while others counter that Oscar’s older voters aren’t swayed by such things.

Call me a consensus builder, but we’re all basically in sync. The vast majority of Gurus see eight films as locks for one of the ten slots. Joining “Social” and “Speech” are “The Fighter,” “Black Swan,” “Inception,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit” and “The Kids Are Alright” to the roster.

In the meantime, David Poland also asked us to pick one Oscar Holiday gift. Mine involves “Uncle Boonmee.”

Here’s my list of ten tapped to score a Best Picture nomination (as of earlier this week), as well as the holiday wish.

1. The Social Network
2. The King’s Speech
3. Black Swan
4. The Fighter
5. True Grit
6. Inception
7. Winter’s Bone
8. Toy Story 3
9. The Kid’s Are Alright
10. Another Year


If you could ask Oscar Clause for one gift this year, what would it be?

A best foreign language film nomination for…
“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Best Foreign Language Film”

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Elias Nahmias

I think everybody is forgetting WHOST WRITER, the best film of the year.

bob hawk

Eug —

I think you pretty much nailed what the Best Picture nominees will be — although the biggest question mark is probably ANOTHER YEAR, depending on how much traction it can gain this late in the year. A worthy alternative would be BLUE VALENTINE.

If I could ask Oscar Clause for one gift this year, it would be to have one documentary on the Best Picture list. My choice would be RESTREPO, although the more likely one would probably be WAITING FOR SUPERMAN (although certainly not my choice).

Of all the films I’ve seen in 2010 there are four that (albeit, not necessarily the “best”), grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t ket me go from first frame ’til last: RESTREPO, ANIMAL KINGDOM, WINTER”S BONE and Jerzy Skolimowski’s ESSENTIAL KILLING. The latter, although a 2010 film that won the grand prize at Venice, hasn’t had a U.S. theatrical release this year. Therefore, my Oscar Clause for one gift NEXT year would be a nomination for Best Foreign Film to Skolimowski’s masterful achievement.

Have a Happy!


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