Pickin' da Winners: 83rd Academy Awards...

83-academy-awards-01There are two television programs a year that seem to transcend their medium and become more than shows.  The Super Bowl is one… a day where fan and non-fan a like gather to behold the gladiatorial spectacle. The other is the Academy Awards.  

A night of glitz and glamour, Oscar Night is a night for America to queen it up…  To drink apple-tinis and eat few too many “Pigs in a Blanket” (which you and your friends will spend hours referring to the names of overweight actresses)…  A night when our nation turns its eyes to the thing we should be celebrating our celebrities for… putting out amazing works of art and outstanding performances (as opposed to the rest of the year where all we really care about is who is showing her cunt where).

The-83rd-Annual-Academy-Awards-LiveWho’ll win Best Picture???  Or Best Director???

Will Jeff Bridges accept Best Actor two years in a row???  Or does Colin Firth have enough momentum to take home Oscar Gold???

Worry not friends… Just sit back, relax, and let the seers at The Weekly Constitutional look into their crystal ball and see who will be taking home the gold and the glory at the 83rd annual Academy Awards Show…

Pickin’ da Winners:

Academy Awards

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale in “The Fighter”

John Hawkes in “Winter's Bone”

Jeremy Renner in “The Town”

Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”

Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”

christianbaleThere is little mystery in this category. It seems since like ten minutes into “The Fighter”, the entire world wanted Christian Bale to have the Oscar for his gut wrenching performance as Dicky Eklund, the troubled brother of Micky Ward (played by Mark Walberg) .

Winner: Christian Bale



Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams in “The Fighter”

Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”

Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”

Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”

Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

true-grit-hailee-steinfeld-photo3Typically, Oscar loves a period piece-making Helena Bontham Carter a shoe-in for her performance in The King’s Speech.  But Oscar also loves it when a kid knocks  it out of the park, making Hailee Steinfeld a promising selection to take it all home (especially when one factors in the added points for True Grit technically being a period piece)…

Winner: Hailee Steinfeld


Best Adapted Screenplay

“127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy

“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

“Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

“True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

“Winter's Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

social-network-movie-reviewWhile a real case could be made for both True Grit (especially when remembering how much Oscar loves those damned Coen brothers) and   127 Hours, there is little doubt that The Social Network has this one all but won.  It will be a big night for the Facebook movie, starting here…

Winner: The Social Network

Best Original Screenplay

“Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh

“The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;

Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson

“Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan

“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

“The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

kids_are_alright_movie__sph9Tough category to try and handicap… So many of Oscar’s favorites represented in one little regarded category… does Oscar go for the political message award (the gay friendly The Kids Are All Right), the other “real” contender for Best Picture (The King’s Speech), or does Oscar tip the cap to the beloved popcorn film (Inception)…

Winner: The Kids Are All Right

Best Actress

Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”

Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”

Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone”

Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

natalie-portmanThis category reminds me a lot of the Best Actor category the year the entire world wanted Mickey Rourke to have his amazing comeback marked with an Academy Award acceptance speech but instead the Oscar (who we all know LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVES the gay) went to Sean Penn for Milk. This year, the entire world wants pregnant Princess Amidala to win the Oscar for the Lesbian Fight Club movie.  And while going into the Awards that seems to be where the momentum is heading, Her Majesty needs to be on guard as Annette Bening’s performance as a lesbian is also nominated…

Winner: Natalie Portman

Best Actor

Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”

Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”

Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”

Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”

James Franco in “127 Hours

kings-speech-colin-firth-photoGoing into this, it seemed as though the hipster favored Jesse Eisenberg was going to walk away with this award. But as the weeks since the nominations were originally announced passed, momentum grew for The King’s Speech’s Colin Firth to take home the award.

In the end, a period Piece will always get you the Oscar…

Winner: Colin Firth

Best Director

“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky

“The Fighter” David O. Russell

“The King's Speech” Tom Hooper

“The Social Network” David Fincher

“True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

fincherfacebookThis has been a coin flip category since its announcement.  In truth, any of these five films could realistically win this award and it would make perfect sense.  But in the end, the movie about the founding of Facebook will come out ahead.

Winner: David Fincher



Best Picture

“Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers

“The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers

“Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers

“The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers

“The King's Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

“127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers

“The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers

“Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer

“True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers

“Winter's Bone" Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

kings_speech1While it is nice of the academy to pretend that we commoners mater and throw us the bone of some “In Name Only” nominations of what would traditionally be looked upon as overachieving “Popcorn movies” (such as Inception, Toy Story 3, and True Grit), since the nominations came out this category has been between The Social Network and The King’s Speech

Winner: The King’s Speech


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