Top Ten Movies
1. The Social Network
2. The King’s Speech
4. The Kids Are All Right
5. The Fighter
6. Please Give
7. True Grit
8. Toy Story 3
9. Never Let Me Go
10. Easy A
• Best Picture/Drama – The Social Network
o Runner Up – The King’s Speech
o Commentary – A close race, but The Social Network was a modern masterpiece that was simply too hard to ignore.
• Best Picture/Comedy – The Kids Are All Right
o Runner Up - Please Give
o Commentary – I know it is not the funniest film of the year, but The Kids Are All Right is a heartwarming tale that shows us the struggles of simply being human.
• Best Director – David Fincher “The Social Network”
o Runner Up - Christopher Nolan “Inception”
o Commentary – Nolan was oh so close for his incredible mind-bending, which was his creation entirely, but Fincher deserves this award for creating a modern American masterpiece, and for doing many times in the last decade.
• Best Actor/Drama – Colin Firth “The King’s Speech”
o Runner Up – Ryan Gosling “Blue Valentine”
o Commentary – Firth gave the most momentous performances of the year, perfectly capturing Bertie. More importantly, while many actors could have over done it, Firth instead goes for subtlety, which makes it all the more incredible to watch.
• Best Actor/Comedy – Michael Douglas “Solitary Man”
o Runner Up – Andy Garcia “City Island”
o Commentary – This was a weak year for male comedic performances, and Andy Garcia truly does a magnificent job, but Douglas’ Ben is the perfect bad guy, yet manages to be hilarious, and give one of his best performances of the last decade.
• Best Actress/Drama – Michelle Williams “Blue Valentine”
o Runner Up – Tilda Swinton “I Am Love”
o Commentary – Tilda Swinton gets the runner up simply for consistently giving incredible performances over the last couple of years, inclduing this brilliant turn in I Am Love. However she could not out muscle the devastatingly beautiful performance of Michelle Williams in the underrated Blue Valentine.
• Best Actress/Comedy – Annette Bening “The Kids Are All Right”
o Runner Up – Emma Stone “Easy A”
o Commentary – Annette Bening really does deserve an overdue Oscar for her role as Nic, as she deftly balances comedy, over eagerness, and pain to give one of the most subtle, yet terrific performances of the year. However Emma Stone also deserves some recognition for her star-making turn in Easy A, as the effervescent Olive.
• Best Supporting Actor – Christian Bale “The Fighter”
o Runner Up – Andrew Garfield “The Social Network” and “Never Let Me Go”
o Commentary – There really is no contest, as Bale completely transforms himself into Dicky, in a way that no other actors in the business can do, with maybe the exception of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who also won an Oscar for a complete transformation. Let’s hope history repeats itself.
• Best Supporting Actress – Melissa Leo “The Fighter”
o Runner Up – Helena Bonham Carter “The King’s Speech” and Amy Adams “The Fighter”
o Commentary – These three ladies, for me at least, were all fantastic, and Leo leads the pack by a nose. But that is not to demote the merits of Carter and Adams, who both nail their roles with gusto. A strong
category full of incredible actors.
• Best Adapted Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin “The Social Network”
o Runner Up – Michael Arndt “Toy Story 3”
o Commentary – All I have to say is….duh!
• Best Original Screenplay - Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg “The Kids Are All Right”
o Runner Up – David Seidler “The King’s Speech”
o Commentary – The Kids Are All Right took a familiar family drama concept, and added some twists and turns, yet managed to be heartwarming and realistic. A lot of credit goes to this dynamic duo.
• Best Picture/Animated – Toy Story 3
o Runner Up – How to Train Your Dragon
o Commentary – Once again…duh!
• Best Picture/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror – Inception
o Runner Up – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
• Worst Movie of the Year – Twilight Saga: Eclipse
o Commentary – When will this dreadful series end? While it may not have been the worst movie of the year in terms of reviews, but for me, it was just a continuation of one of the worst film series of all time. Especially bad is the acting by its three leads that are particularly awful.
• Best Ensemble – The Fighter
o Nominees: The Fighter, The Social Network, The King’s Speech, The Kids Are All Right, and Please Give
o Runner Up – The Kids Are All Right
o Commentary – Every one of the cast members of The Fighter gave their all, and the honor is there’s.