Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 25th. So, just so I can say “I told you so” later, I’m releasing my Oscar picks a few weeks early. No offense meant to my movie critic brethren, but generally speaking most movie critics are kinda nerdy and go for the obvious high brow choices at Oscar time. So, I’ll give you two picks in the major categories. One will be the obvious Oscar choice and the other will be my personal choice. Let’s begin with best movie.
My Choice: The Fighter with Mark Wahlberg. A great true story about a boxer seeking redemption. The fight scenes are the most realistic I’ve ever seen in a boxing movie.
Oscar goes to: The Social Network. The before mentioned nerds will go for this true “geek tragedy”. It’s about a college genius who starts the largest and most successful social network in the world just so he can meet a girl.
My Choice: James Franco in 127 Hours. Franco plays a hiker who has to choose between dying trapped in a cave or hacking off his own arm to survive. Franco carries the entire movie on his shoulders with an incredible character study on courage and will to survive.
Oscar pick: Colin Firth in The King’s Speech. A very poignant story of an Englishman who overcame severe stammering to become the King of England.
My Choice: Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone. She plays a 17 year old girl who has to track down her father or risk losing her family’s home, which was put up as collateral for his bail.
Oscar Winner: Natalie Portman in The Black Swan. She plays the kind of dark and tortured character that Oscar voters love.
My Choice: Danny Boyle for 127 Hours. He takes a very dark subject and relies heavily on one actor to tell an amazing story. Warning: the scene with Franco cutting off his own arm will make you sick, but it’s balanced with the story of this hero’s incredible will to survive.
And The Oscar goes to…David Fincher for The Social Network. Once again I attribute the Oscar win to “the nerd effect”.
So there you have it; my take on this year’s Oscar race. I’ll be back in the theater soon picking out the gems for you and steering you safely away from the stinkers. The Oscar’s air February 27th on ABC TV.