Oscar Race: The Social Network vs. The King's Speech

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At the beginning of award season, The Social Network was the top pick for grab the Best Picture trophy. 

Now the tables have turned. 

Since The King's Speech has swept the award season so far -- including winning the big awards at the Producers Guild Awards and the Directors Guild Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards - it's now become the frontrunner in the Oscar race. 

This is a surprise considering The Social Network was widely assumed to have it in the bag, even as recently as last week.

Saverin and Zuckerberg in Court
Determined King George VI

In the past 16 years, six films have swept all three guild awards (including Best Cast at the SAG Awards) and five of them - American Beauty, Chicago, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, No Country For Old Men, and Slumdog Millionaire - went on to win Best Picture.  Apollo 13 is the one film that swept all three guild awards, but didn't win best picture.

Those are pretty good odds for The King's Speech to win big at the Academy Awards.

All hope is not over for The Social Network though, the Oscar race is not officially over until that final ballot is submitted.

Both films have been criticized for it's inaccuracies.  Critical inaccuracies were the subject of a smearing campaign against The Hurt Locker just last year.  That smear campaign both worked and didn't work.  The campaign succeeded in stopping the film from winning Best Picture, but director Kathryn Bigelow still beat out frontrunner James Cameron.

Let this year's Oscar smearing campaign begin!

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The Social Network Quotes

Facebook Lawyer: Mr. Zuckerberg, do I have your full attention?
Mark Zuckerberg: [stares out the window] No.
Facebook Lawyer: Do you think I deserve it?
Mark Zuckerberg: [looks at the lawyer] What?
Facebook Lawyer: Do you think I deserve your full attention?
Mark Zuckerberg: I had to swear an oath before we began this deposition, and I don't want to purjure myself, so I have a legal obligation to say no.
Facebook Lawyer: Okay - no. You don't think I deserve your attention.
Mark Zuckerberg: I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try - but there's no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention - you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing.
[pauses]
Mark Zuckerberg: Did I adequately answer your condescending question?

[Talking about the physical stature of he and his twin] I'm 6'5", 220 pounds, and there are two of me.

Tyler Winklevoss

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