With the big show slated for this Sunday, Oscar season is in full-on statuette speculation mode. Here’s a quick cheat sheet to help you win your Oscar pool (even if the endless predictions are enough to make LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan long for simpler times):
Because Everybody Says So:
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The Kings Speech
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Screenplay (Adapted): The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin
Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Races That Could Go Either Way:
Original Screenplay: Seriously, it’s probably going to The King's Speech, unless people want a way to honor The Kids Are All Right – this would be the category to do that.
Cinematography: It’s either going to be True Grit or Inception. If the Coens take home nothing else, they may take this.
Costumes & Art Direction: One of these categories is going to go to The King's Speech, and the other to Alice in Wonderland. Let’s say Alice for Costumes and King’s Speech for Art.
Score: This may actually be the category where it’s anybody’s game. The only sure thing is that it won’t go to How To Train Your Dragon. Sorry kids. I want to give it to The Social Network for being so subtly eerie, but the smart bet is probably 127 Hours.
Documentary Feature: Sure, this will probably go to Inside Job. And sure, we don’t know if Banksy was pulling one over on us with Exit Through The Gift Shop. But even if he was, doesn’t he deserve something for executing such an elaborate prank?
Best Supporting Actress: Word is this is a contest between Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit). Who knows? Let’s give it to Leo for her character’s incredibly ostentatious hair and outfits.
Original Song: Hmmm... does anyone know what these songs sound like? Let's just give this award to "My Heart Will Go On,” for old time’s sake. Or to Randy Newman.
Categories That Are Kind Of A Mystery:
Sound Editing: Inception
Sound Mixing: The King's Speech
Animated Short: Day and Night
Live Action Short: The Confession
Documentary Short: Strangers No More
Other Stuff That Contributes To The Show Being, Like, Four Hours Long:
Foreign Language: In A Better World
Editing: The Social Network
Makeup: The Wolfman
Visual Effects: Inception
So that leaves us with Best Picture, and if you’re into things like “winning,” then fine, put down The King’s Speech. But, on your Oscar ballot, but some hearts around Toy Story 3.