The King's Speech will win the Best Picture Oscar at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards

By: Nathan Swank

Now it is time for the big categories that moviegoers look forward to most.  A lot can happen the closer the date gets to the actual ceremony.  The Academy Award ballots aren’t even due until Tuesday, February 22, which is less than a week before the big event.  For example, Melissa Leo practically sabotaged herself by releasing self-promoting ads of her wearing fur – a definite faux pas in today’s Hollywood that responded with high criticism.  So needless to say the battle can shift from week to week.  I think there were some strong nominees in every category.  In the Acting categories, who I picked to win also happens to be who I think will win.  As for the Picture and Director picks, well they are both in my top four films so I can’t be too upset.  In fact, unless one film takes most of the wins, I don’t think I will be terribly disappointed no matter the outcome.  But for the record, I believe most of here at FLIX66 will be rooting for INCEPTION.

Read Part 1 of our Oscar Predictions here.


Actress in a Supporting Role: Amy Adams, THE FIGHTER; Helena Bonham Carter, THE KING’S SPEECH; Melissa Leo, THE FIGHTER; Hailee Steinfeld, TRUE GRIT; Jackie Weaver, ANIMAL KINGDOM

Melissa Leo in THE FIGHTER – Leo’s recent self-promotion might be just enough backlash to give it to Hailee Steinfeld, who was amazing.  But she’s too new and too young and I think voters will reluctantly stick with the best performance.

Melissa Leo and Christian Bale in The Fighter

Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale, THE FIGHTER; John Hawkes, WINTER’S BONE; Jeremy Renner, THE TOWN; Mark Ruffalo, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT; Geoffrey Rush, THE KING’S SPEECH

Christian Bale in THE FIGHTER – As the meth-addicted ex-fighter, Bale finally gets to showcase why he is one of the best actors living today.  Yes Rush is great but Bale clearly owns this.

Actress in a Leading Role: Annette Bening, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT; Nicole Kidman, RABBIT HOLE; Jennifer Lawrence, WINTER’S BONE; Natalie Portman, BLACK SWAN; Michelle Williams, BLUE VALENTINE

Natalie Portman in BLACK SWAN – No one comes close.  Poor Annette Bening just can’t seem to win garnering her fourth nomination.  This will be no different.  I can’t imagine anyone pulling off the levels of emotion and change Portman does in BLACK SWAN.  It’s unfortunate this may be the films only win.

Natalie Portman in Black Swan

Actor in a Leading Role: Javier Bardem, BIUTIFUL; Jeff Bridges, TRUE GRIT; Jesse Eisenberg, THE SOCIAL NETWORK; Colin Firth, THE KING’S SPEECH; James Franco, 127 HOURS

Colin Firth in THE KING’S SPEECH – Historic figure – check.  Physical handicap -check.  Being rewarded after many great performances in Hollywood – triple check.  The other nominees were absolutely terrific but Firth deserves this.

Colin Firth in The King's Speech

Best Directing: Darren Aronofsky, BLACK SWAN; David O’Russel, THE FIGHTER; Tom Hooper, THE KING’S SPEECH; David Fincher, THE SOCIAL NETWORK; Joel and Ethan Coen, TRUE GRIT

David Fincher for THE SOCIAL NETWORK – The battle for Best Picture is usually decided here.  It’s possible this year could provide a split between the two categories.  I keep going back and forth between THE KING’S SPEECH and THE SOCIAL NETWORK.  In fact I’m writing this vague synopsis just so I can plug whichever name I like right before I hit submit.  Fincher is consistently masterful when it comes to directing.


THE KING’S SPEECH – Heart will win out this year and THE KING’S SPEECH is the perfect quality sentiment piece that Oscar voters will lap up.  At first, believing no one would see it; I foolishly thought I was doing the film a favor by promoting it.  However, it has quickly snowballed into much deserved attention.

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