“Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
“Inception” Wally Pfister
Could Win - Inception or The King's Speech
Commentary: In this decade, the ASC winner has only matched up four times, and missed Avatar last year for The White Ribbon. Now I'm not saying that Inception winning doesn't mean anything, other than this is a close race. And while, in this category at least, The King's Speech and The Social Network have been mostly absent from the conversation, they are definitely potential spoilers, particularly TKS, if it goes on a sweep come Oscar night. But for this award, I will continue to predict the great Roger Deakins until he wins. Maybe it is just us pundits that seem to be pushing him to win, but I think we can all agree that it is about time. While this prediction is shaky, I'm hoping that a sentimental Academy will respond and finally give the man the Oscar he so richly deserves.