Oscar Watch: Best Actor & Best Actress

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It's time for another installment of our Oscar watch!  This time, we're looking at the Best Actor and Best Actress categories. 

These categories have seemingly been in the bag since before the nominations were announced, but we'll recap the nominees and give you our prediction anyway.


Warming Up
Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole
Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine
Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone

Natalie Portman, Black Swan - Portman is definitely the frontrunner of the season.  She gave a gorgeous performance as a ballerina torn between good and evil.  This psychological thriller offered a great look into the psyche and how it can offer such conflicting emotions.  Portman got all those emotions spot on in her performance.

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone -Winter's Bone ended up getting more nominations this Oscar season than anyone ever predicted.  Lawrence is a newcomer to the movie scene and her performance in the film was awesome, but it seems she won't be going home with the gold.  At least not this year - more great things to come for Lawrence.

Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine - Michelle Williams does a great job as a woman who is no longer in love with her husband. The film is superbly acted and directed and should have received more nominations.  It's great that Williams received recognition for her acting, while co-star Ryan Gosling was snubbed.

Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole - Nicole Kidman has proven herself an amazing actress, having previously been nominated for Moulin Rouge and won for The Hours.  She is riveting and harrowingly real as a grieving mother, but this year just isn't her year, there were too many other amazing performance to compete with.

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right - Bening is the other favorite in this year's Best Actress category.  Critics loved her performance in The Kids Are All Right and although she did a great job, it wasn't amazingly better than co-star Julianne Moore who wasn't nominated.  Nevertheless, if anyone is going to upset Portman for the golden statue, it will be her.

Our Prediction: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Portman's perforance is unparalleled to anyone else on this list.  The women put out some great performances this year, but Portman play two completely different characters intertwined into one film.  If she doesn't win, it will be one of the biggest Oscar upsets in a long time.  She's been the award season darling and swept all awards leading up to the big day, it's the natural progression for her.





Jeff Bridges as Rooseter Cogburn
Zuckerberg's Fancy Threads
Javier Bardem as Felipe
King George VI Nervous
James Franco in 127 Hour

Javier Bardem, Biutiful - Bardem is a great actor, as it has been proven with his win for 2007's No Country For Old Men, but this year is not his year.  He is up against too many other amazing performance.  He will continue to make great movies in years to come and probably win another award in the future.

Jeff Bridges, True Grit - Jeff Bridges won just last year for his performance in Brave Heart, it would be really surprising if he won again this year.  True Grit wasn't really about Bridges anyway, so it wasn't really his movie to carry.  It doesn't seem like this is going to be his year.

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network - Eisenberg was amazing as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  He had all the mannerisms and ticks that we see in many interview with the social media genius.  The film has received rave reviews and a lot of that was due to Eisenberg's performance.  If anyone were to come out on top of Firth it would be him, but I still don't think it's his year either. 

Colin Firth, The King's Speech - Colin Firth had the performance of the year, hands down.  He captured the essence of a man dealing with stuttering, but it's not just anyone - this is the King of England.  Firth portrays the role with poise and grace and makes an issue that could have come off as insensitive and flippant, delightful and serious.

James Franco, 127 Hours - James Franco could also pull off an upset at the last minute for his portrayal of Aron Ralston, a mountain climber who got stuck on the mountains for five days.  The performance is harrowing and he pulls it off flawlessly.  I don't think this is his year, but he could end up winning the hearts of Academy members and getting their vote.

Our Prediction: Colin Firth is going to win it!  There, I've said it.  This would be an even bigger upset than Natalie Portman if Firth doesn't take home the golden statue.  And not just because he's been the frontrunner for the entire season.  His performance is flawless - it's not easy to pull off such a convincing stutter when you don't have on!  He is the best actor of the year!



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