My 2011 Oscar Picks

Below are my picks for the 2011 Academy Awards. Keep a few things in mind when you read the list: a) this is a list of my personal preferences, not a list of who I think will win; b) only the “big” categories are listed; c) missing nominees means that it didn’t see the nominated film; d) the numerical score listed after the nominee is a completely made-up weighting system of my own design, intended to show my relative likes and dislikes. It’s based on the standard 1-100 scale.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

The Social Network (99)
The King’s Speech (98)
True Grit (85)
Inception (79)
Black Swan (70)
127 Hours (65)
The Fighter (50)

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Natalie Portman (Black Swan) (100)

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) (99)
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) (98)
James Franco (127 Hours) (90)
Jeff Bridges (True Grit) (75)

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale (The Fighter) (99)
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) (98)
Jeremy Renner (The Town) (80)

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) (99)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) (96)
Amy Adams (The Fighter) (91)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter) (85)

Achievement in Art Direction

Inception (95)
True Grit (87)
The King’s Speech (82)

Achievement in Cinematography

Black Swan (Matthew Libatique) (95)
True Grit (Roger Deakins) (90)
Inception (Wally Pfister) (85)
The King’s Speech (Danny Cohen) (80)
The Social Network (Jeff Cronenweth) (79)

Achievement in Costume Design

True Grit (Mary Zophres) (90)
The King’s Speech (Jenny Beaven) (85)

Achievement in Directing

David Fincher (The Social Network) (95)
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) (90)
Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) (85)
Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit) (80)
David O. Russell (The Fighter) (75)

Achievement in Film Editing

Black Swan (Andrew Weisblum) (95)
127 Hours (Jon Harris) (92)
The Social Network (Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall) (90)
The King’s Speech (Tariq Anwar) (87)
The Fighter (Pamela Martin) (80)

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) (95)
Inception (Hans Zimmer) (90)
The King’s Speech (Alexandre Desplat) (89)
127 Hours (A.R. Rahman) (80)

Adapted Screenplay

The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin) (95)
True Grit (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) (94)
127 Hours (Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle) (75)

Original Screenplay

Inception (Christopher Nolan) (95)
The King’s Speech (David Seidler) (93)
The Fighter (Paul Attanasio, Lewis Colich, Eric Johnson, Scott Silverand Paul Tamasy) (75)

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