Gurus o’ Gold, November 4, 2010


Rank Last Chart Best Picture BreznicanEllwoodHammondHernandezHowellKargerLevyOlsenPolandPondSmithStoneTapleyThompsonWloszczyna Votes Total
1 1 The King's Speech
1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 14 137
2 2 The Social Network
2 2 2 2 2 1 2 4 2 2 1 3 2 2 14 125
3 3 Inception
3 4 5 3 3 4 4 9 8 3 3 8 3 5 14 89
4 5 Toy Story 3
4 5 3 4 4 3 5 8 4 8 6 2 5 7 14 86
5 6 127 Hours
8 3 6 6 7 5 7 5 3 7 4 4 6 4 14 79
6 7 The Kids Are All Right
6 9 9 5 5 7 6 10 5 6 7 7 4 8 14 60
7 4 True Grit
9 7 6 6 3 1 7 10 5 5 8 6 12 59
8 8 Black Swan
5 4 8 8 8 10 3 6 5 9 3 11 52
9 The Fighter
7 7 9 10 8 7 9 9 8 22
10 Rabbit Hole
7 6 6 4 10 5 22
10 Another Year
10 8 10 9 9 9 10 7 12
The Way Back
8 6 10 3 9
Winter's Bone
10 7 9 3 7
9 Hereafter
10 9 10 3 4
One Vote Wonders
The Town
8 1 3
Never Let Me Go
9 1 2
How Do You Know
10 1 1
Secretariat
10 1 1


Rank Last Chart Best Actor BreznicanEllwoodHammondHernandezHowellKargerLevyOlsenPolandPondSmithStoneTapleyThompsonWloszczyna Votes Total
1 1 Colin Firth
The King's Speech
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 14 70
2 2 James Franco
127 Hours
2 2 2 3 2 2 4 2 2 4 4 2 2 2 14 49
3 3 Jesse Eisenberg
The Social Network
4 5 2 3 3 3 5 4 5 3 3 3 12 29
4 5 Robert Duvall
Get Low
3 3 4 5 4 5 2 4 4 9 20
5 4 Jeff Bridges
True Grit
4 4 2 3 3 3 5 7 18
Javier Bardem
Biutiful
5 3 4 5 5 4 6 10
Ryan Gosling
Blue Valentine
4 5 5 3 5 5 8
Aaron Eckhart
Rabbit Hole
5 2 2 5
One Vote Wonders
Leonardo DiCaprio
Inception
5 1 1


Rank Last Chart Best Actress BreznicanEllwoodHammondHernandezHowellKargerLevyOlsenPolandPondSmithStoneTapleyThompsonWloszczyna Votes Total
1 1 Annette Bening
The Kids Are All Right
1 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 14 67
2 2 Natalie Portman
Black Swan
2 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 3 2 3 5 2 14 54
3 3 Jennifer Lawrence
Winter's Bone
5 4 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 4 5 11 25
4 5 Nicole Kidman
Rabbit Hole
3 3 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 2 4 11 20
5 4 Lesley Manville
Another Year
4 4 5 5 4 4 5 2 3 9 18
Michelle Williams
Blue Valentine
4 4 2 3 8
Julianne Moore
The Kids Are All Right
3 3 5 3 7
Diane Lane
Secretariat
3 3 2 6
One Vote Wonders
Sally Hawkins
Made in Dagenham
4 1 2
Carey Mulligan
Never Let Me Go
4 1 2
Tilda Swinton
I Am Love
5 1 1

11 Responses to “Gurus o’ Gold, November 4, 2010”

  1. Rodd Hibbard says:

    I suspect that The Social Network must be a peculiarly US favourite. I, and most of my friends, really didn’t like it. It’s depiction of women, particularly Asian women, it’s lack of depiction of any non Anglo Saxons (except Edouardo who I will presume wasn’t), all seemed more than just the screenwriters attempts to portray the social norms of a certain substrata of society. Even when they moved away from University the social millieu did not seem to change. It seemed like the filmmakers did not like the fact that these young people were so successful, and therefore could find few, if any redeeming qualities in them. In my view, it pretends to give insight into the operations etc of this group of young talented people, but really gives more of an insight into the filmmakers themselves.

  2. movielocke says:

    I really do not understand why Bening gets the buzz, the lead consideration and all the praise for a smaller part that is not as well acted but does has one OMG she’s cheating scene. The film revolves around Julianne Moore, her choices and decisions and the actual transformations we see her character go through. Bening’s character is static throughout the film (and as I said, probably has half to two-thirds the screentime of Moore) and is the character acted upon.

    Is this phenomenon in the oscar race a manifestation of classic sexism, Bening plays the stereotypical female passive role (that is acted upon) and is rewarded for it while Moore is punished for being in an active role?

    Or is it just that Bening is artificially made lead and given all the buzz because she is somehow more due than Moore, due to the Swank losses?

    It’s just really baffled and rankled me since seeing the picture that the wrong person was getting buzz.

    Bening is definitely excellent in the film, but she is either a co-lead or supporting.

    In the best picture race are Inception, Toy Story 3 and The Kids are All Right (the early in the year films) losing momentum?

    Will demographics protect Toy Story (ie will all animators work as a bloc and put Dragon and Toy Story at the top two slots of their ballots and guarantee a slot? Do they have enough numbers in the academy to pull off that many votes or will an animation film need help every year from others in the academy to earn a BP slot?

    Hurt Locker demonstrated last year that the key to winning (after having enough votes to make it to the final rounds) is being the film that is less divisive than the other finalists and therefore will usually be ranked above the other films it is competing against in the final rounds of balloting. Does that mean that King’s Speech will unquestionably win?

    Inception is clearly the most divisive and has less of a chance than Avatar of winning in an instant run off ballot, Toy Story will have some division simply because of anti-animation prejudice. Black Swan and Social Network will certainly split academy audiences. So where does that leave us for the finalists this year? True Grit, 127 Hours, King’s Speech, maybe the Way Back or Another Year. I got to say that I think the film that leaves the most satisfying theatrical experience in the most people will win of that group, but King’s Speech probably has the absolutely easiest path to victory of any of the nominees this year. It will simply be well liked by all, get to the finals on the virtue of being loverly and then it will probably tend to be more highly ranked than the other finalists. Will the ten nominee era usher in a parade of blase winners like Terms of Endearment and Driving Miss Daisy along with a parade of more interesting nominees that will never have a chance of winning an instant runoff?

  3. Keil Shults says:

    Don’t watch Almost Famous then. It has the gall to depict rock musicians as having groupies! And the white groupies make it clear that Cameran Crowe feels all young white girls sleep around with famous people! The horror…

  4. KNSat says:

    The Social Network purports to be the account of the founding of Facebook, yet significant characters, events, and motivations never existed, never happened, or are grossly misrepresented. Yes, it was a very entertaining, expertly crafted movie, and yes, a biopic doesn’t have be completely true. But when a film fantasizes the driving force of its titular and real-life character – just doesn’t GET him, that film is tainted.

  5. Vince in WeHo says:

    Smith, Polland and Elwood don’t know what they’re talking about if they honestly think that Never Let Me Go is a contender in any of the categories at this point. It’s a box office bomb and the critical love is there, but not there in a huge way as it was for a box office under-performer such as The Hurt Locker last year .

    And, as far as the poster complaining about Bening … last I heard, they were being campaigned as co-leads. And, yes, Moore drives the story and has more screen-time. But, the fact of the matter is that the majority of the people who love the performances in that film love Bening’s the most.

    Is that a crime?

  6. Bren says:

    I agree with movielocke that Moore’s role is larger than Bening’s. The diplomatic solution would have been to put one actress in lead and the other in supporting, where they both would have excellent chances to win. That’s the stupid decision here: putting them both in Best Actress category. In numerical terms (number of noms), Moore is more overdue for an Oscar than Bening. But Bening is married to an Old Hollywood star, and Moore lives in New York, and biggest group of Oscar voters are in L.A. Plus, in the movie Bening’s character is the one who’s cheated on, which renders her more sympathetic, even though her character is something of a controlling bitch. Finally, the Academy awards gay characters who suffer the most.

  7. Brian says:

    Have none of these critics seen “Frankie & Alice?” Halle Berry gives her best performance to date, as a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder. She resists playing it over the top, and gives a very controlled, yet powerful performance. Plus she’s a previous Oscar winner. Jennifer Lawrence was good, but she isn’t in the same league.

  8. Aaron says:

    Once Black Swan is released in theatres all the talk for best actress will revolve around Natalie Portman. It’s not going to be a good for Bening that her movie was released so early. The buzz at the end of the year will be all about Natalie and will clear her path to the stage at the Kodak Theatre.

  9. mark says:

    most actresses win their 2nd oscar within 10 yrs of their 1st so berrry is still in with a chance maybe she will be the bullock of the season!

  10. Dan says:

    Halle Berry may get nominated but she won’t win. The Academy is not going to give her another Oscar at this point. She hasn’t done much of significance since Monster’s Ball. Bening & Portman will be viewed as more “due.”

  11. Ohhhhhhh. Maybe they mean like, “Justin won”, like, Justin Bieber, and the Grammys. — But he didn’t. Y’all are trippin’. I feel like a dork.

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