Tuesday, February 22, 2011

2011 Oscar Predictions: Writing and Animation


As we countdown to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, I'll be breaking down my predictions in the nine "major" categories, starting today with the Writing and Animation categories.

Take a look at my predictions for Best Writing (Original Screenplay), Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) and Best Animated Feature Film...

Nominees:
Another Year (Mike Leigh)
The Fighter (Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson & Keith Dorrington)
Inception (Christopher Nolan)
The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg)
The King's Speech (David Seidler) 

Thoughts:
The original screenplays are a particularly strong bunch, and if it weren't for the total nomination domination of The King's Speech, I might predict an upset with the intricate Inception or the beautiful Kids Are All Right. At the end of the day, though, the thing that makes Speech so wonderfully moving (beyond Colin Firth's spectacular performance) is the brilliantly told story. David Seidler should and will get credit where credit is due.

Should & Will Win: The King's Speech (David Seidler)



Nominees: 
127 Hours (Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy)
The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
Toy Story 3 (Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich)
True Grit (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
Winter's Bone (Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini)

Thoughts:
You can argue whether or not The Social Network is an accurate portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg and the birth of Facebook, but you cannot deny the masterful way Aaron Sorkin put it together. He certainly did not disappoint all of us West Wing fans! The only possible competition here comes from Toy Story 3—could the Academy recognize Pixar here as a vote of confidence even greater than the Animated Feature award?

Should & Will Win: The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)



Nominees: 

The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Thoughts:
I really enjoyed How To Train Your Dragon and failed to see The Illusionist (oops), but there is no way that Toy Story 3 doesn't walk away with this award. I rank the closing chapter of this beloved franchise above many of its fellow nominees in the Best Picture race—it would be a shame for one of the most clever, heartfelt and hilarious films of the year to not receive its proper recognition.

Should & Will Win: Toy Story 3



What do you think? Do you have a different take on these three categories? Are you rooting for the underdog? Can you weigh in on The Illusionist or Another Year? And have you entered my prediction contest to win a DVD of a 2011 Oscar-winning film?

All images courtesy of Oscar.com
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