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Oscar Talk: King’s Speech Sweep vs. Inception, Social Network, and Alice, Foreign and Shorts Picks

Oscar Talk: King's Speech Sweep vs. Inception, Social Network, and Alice, Foreign and Shorts Picks

On this week’s Oscar Talk (podcast is below), Kris Tapley and I get a tad testy as Oscar season takes its toll. Kris insists that The King’s Speech will dominate the categories (unlike the BAFTAs) and therefore does not throw out my Helena Bonham Carter theory. He sees Tom Hooper, I see David Fincher for best director. I believe that the actors love The King’s Speech much as they did Shakespeare in Love, while bigger-scale pictures such as The Social Network, Inception and Alice in Wonderland could pick up some tech Oscars. (We’ll see what wins this Saturday’s ACE editing award.)

We debate the merits of all the foreign entries, agreeing that Susanne Bier’s well-acted father-son drama In a Better World is the best film, but will it win? We see a three-way race: two tragic family stories, Biutiful, which boasts best actor nominee Javier Bardem, and Incendies, a twisted mystery that packs a powerful emotional punch, are also battling for the Gold in an always tough category to call.

We’d both love to see Banksy, whose street Oscar campaign has grabbed plenty of media attention, to take away the documentary Oscar for Exit Through the Gift Shop, just to see what kind of prank the reclusive artist would pull–and wish the Academy would relax already! But seriously, frontrunner Charles Ferguson’s Inside job and Afghan war film Restrepo also deserve to win (and screeners are on the way for the docs I have not yet seen).

Of the animated shorts, we also agree that Pixar’s entry Day & Night could score, but Kris picks Madagascar for the upset in that category, while I peg Australian steam punk short The Lost Thing as a magical spoiler.

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