Oscar Nominations 2011: Potential Academy Awards Winners

natalie portman quote 4 24 07As you might have expected, the Oscars nomination list for 2011 is full of a lot of great films and talented individuals, which makes picking Oscars 2011 winners pretty difficult.  However, we’ve decided to take on the challenging task of sifting through the Oscars nominations and picking potential Academy Awards winners. Obviously, no one really knows who the Oscars 2011 winners will be, but we’re going to give it a shot.

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Predicted Oscars 2011 Winners List

Best Picture

This is a terribly difficult field to start with, but we’re thinking that either Black Swan, The Fighter or Inception will walk away with hardware here.  Black Swan was a psychological thriller with a unique twist – when was the last time you went to see a film about ballet?  On the other hand, The Fighter took a tried-and-true, and perhaps overdone, plotline of the struggling fighter and turned it into a surprisingly original and well-made film, as it also tackled drug abuse and family relations. Lastly, Inception was pretty much mind-blowing in every way, but we’re not sure if that will be enough to take it to the winner’s circle.

Best Direction

Again – strong Oscar nominees here, but we’re going to have to hand it to Darren Aronofsky for his work on Black Swan. This movie was massively creepy and irresistibly engaging, and a lot of it had to do with the direction, rather than just the interaction between co-stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.

Actor in a Leading Role

Out of the actors, we’re picking James Franco for his work in 127 Hours.  Franco produced an anxiety-inducing, intense performance in this harrowing human drama, and channeled the strength of the human spirit.

Actress in a Leading Role

Perhaps it’s fitting that Black Swan was released around the same time as No Strings Attached, as it worked well to show the versatility of our pick for the best actress Oscar, Natalie Portman.  Portman was incredible in her Black Swan performance, offering a wide variety of emotions throughout the film.

Actor in a Supporting Role

If you saw The Fighter, you’ll understand why we picked Christian Bale for best supporting actor – he absolutely nailed the character he portrayed, a drug addict who only comes to face his problems when he realizes that he needs to put his brother before himself instead of vice-versa.  Bale was incredibly convincing, and when the end credits revealed the real people that inspired the characters, the resemblance between Bale and his real-life counterpart was uncanny.

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams and Helena Bonham Carter, of The Fighter and The King’s Speech, respectively, are neck-and-neck for this prize, in our opinion.  Both shone in their own light without overwhelming the lead players and it’s hard to imagine the films without their contributions.

Adapted Screenplay

127  Hours was an incredible story, and it’s easy to mess up incredible stories when translating them to film. Luckily, we didn’t have to worry about that, thanks to the capable hands of Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy.

Original Screenplay

Another difficult field here, but due to the mind-bending nature of the film, we’re going to have to give the nod to Inception, which was written by Christopher Nolan.

Animated Feature

Although we still love Toy Story, we thought that How To Train Your Dragon took the cake in this category.

Art Direction

The King’s Speech managed to transport us to another world, despite not actually being otherworldly like some of the other nominations. For that, we’re giving it our best art direction award.

Cinematography

The two leaders in this field are Inception and Black Swan, and it’s going to be quite difficult for the academy to choose which one wins.

Costume Design

Here, we thought Alice in Wonderland stood out for the otherworldly atmosphere created by the wardrobe department.

Documentary (Feature)

Each of the films nominated here is worth watching, although we found Gasland to have a slight edge due to its poignancy and urgency.

Documentary (Short Subject)

Another tight field, but we’re putting our money on the drama that drove Strangers No More.  Thankfully, this money is imaginary, because this is a close race!

Film Editing

In this day and age, editing seems to be flawless in all cases, but we’re going to say that Black Swan‘s scene transitions and overall feel was worthy of the prize.

Foreign Language Film

Even if you couldn’t relate to Biutiful on a personal level, it’s impossible to miss the fact that it was a top-notch film, beautifully produced.

Makeup

The Wolfman had the tough task of creating scary and unfamiliar, yet believable characters. Other films have failed, The Wolfman excelled.

Music (Original Score)

While the on-screen action obviously aided Inception’s brilliance, the music brought a lot to the table as well.

Music (Original Song)

We may be a bit biased because we liked 127 Hours so much, but we liked the original song, “If I Rise,” produced by A.R. Rahman and Dido and Rollo Armstrong.

Short Film (Animated)

Jakob Schuh and Max Lang did a wonderful job with The Gruffalo, and deserve recognition. Go check it out!

Short Film (Live Action)

We’re suckers for live action, so this was terribly difficult to pick. In the end, though, we think The Confession may be most popular with viewers.

Sound Editing

Tom Myers and Michael Silvers had to bring a toy box to life in Toy Story 3, but the two made the seemingly impossible task appear to be quite easy. Kudos.

Sound Mixing

As we noted above, the sound had a lot to do with Inception‘s otherworldly ambiance, so we’re nominating Inception for this award.

Visual Effects

Sure, the last pick has to be another impossible one! While the creepiness of Alice in Wonderland was impressive (as was Inception), we think that Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi will win here for their work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.