Oscars Expected to Favor “King’s Speech”

Posted on February 16, 2011 by

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The highly anticipated Oscars are right around the corner. The Oscars are the awards given out for the year’s greatest works of cinema. The categories typically include American-made films; however, there is a foreign film award given out as well. Predictions for the 2011 Oscar winners shouldn’t be too hard to guess this year.

“Black Swan” star Natalie Portman is expected to win the Best Actress award at the Oscars, just as she did at The Golden Globes and The Screen Actors Guild Awards. Star of “The King’s Speech,” Colin Firth, is expected to win the Best Actor award.

Although many students may disagree, most film critics do not foresee “The Social Network” as a heavy hitter at this year’s Oscars. This past month “The Social Network”, a movie about Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of Facebook, won four major awards at The Golden Globes, including Best Picture (Drama), Best Director, Best Musical Score, and Best Screenplay. Many people within the film industry predict “The King’s Speech” as this year’s biggest contender for Best Picture.

However, The Golden Globes are not nearly as prestigious as the Oscars are. The Golden Globes are sometimes viewed as more of a product of public opinion, whereas the Oscars are based off of the votes of directors, actors, actresses, producers, etc. Therefore, the winners of the Oscars are picked by people who actually work within the industry.

Along with the awards, another exciting reason to watch the Oscars is the hosts. Although the tradition has long been to hire popular comedians for the role, this year Anne Hathaway and James Franco have been selected to host the event. The ceremony should provide an interesting combination of Franco’s humor and Hathaway’s charm.

The Oscars will be held on February 27th, at 8:00pm E.S.T., on the ABC network.

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