Sunday, December 19, 2010
State of the Race: Christmas Edition
Darren Aronofsky “Black Swan”
Joel and Ethan Coen “True Grit”
Commentary: This, for me at least, is a seven way race. Fincher seems to be the only sure thing here, as he has swept the critics’ awards. While True Grit seems to have lost some speed, the Coens are popular, and I think the Academy will embrace the film. Inception seems to be a real contender, so Nolan is back in the race as well. Finally I think that Hooper will ride the wave of praise for The King’s Speech, as will Aronofsky, although I had been holding off on putting them in my predictions. The DGA will clear up who the best contenders are, but nothing’s final in this year with so many contenders.
Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle “127 Hours”
Michael Arndt “Toy Story 3”
Debra Granik and Anna Rosellini “Winter’s Bone”