Last night, I finally got around to seeing The King’s Speech, which was the last of this year’s Best Picture nominees I needed to see. Now that I have seen all 10, I’m getting people asking about how I would rank them. I was going to do this as a quick Twitter post, but decided I wanted to say a bit more than can be said in one or two 140 character bursts, so here goes.
The most surprising thing about this year is that it is the first year in recent memory in which I can say that I actually enjoyed all 10 Best Picture nominees. The Academy and I have rather strongly disagreed several times on nominees (The Blind Side? Really?) and even a few winners (don’t get me started on No Country for Old Men.) Thankfully, the “worst” of this year’s crop in my eyes still deserves a solid 3 stars. The Kids Are All Right certainly wouldn’t have made my Top Ten, but it wasn’t a horrible movie.
Also, I’m not going to do longer reviews of these right now. You can read more about what I thought specifically about The Social Network, Toy Story 3 and Inception on my list of 2010 movies. You’ll need to wait for full reviews of the other seven nominees for me to either actually get my film review site done, or more likely for my list of 2011 movies next January.
So without further ado:
1. Black Swan – I freaking loved this movie.
2. The Social Network
3. Toy Story 3
4. The King’s Speech
6. True Grit
7. 127 Hours
8. The Fighter
9. Winter’s Bone
10. The Kids Are All Right
Note that this is merely how I would rank them, if the Academy were a dictatorship and I was that dictator. How are the voters actually going to go? Well, Black Swan is the first movie in, well, just about ever to be nominated for Best Picture and not receive a writing nomination, so as much as I would like it to, it’s not going to win. Most pundits seem to agree that the race is between The King’s Speech and The Social Network, but there’s simply almost no possibility that The King’s Speech is not going to win. It has the most overall nominations, has nominations in all of the important categories (director, writing, editing, etc), but it’s real advantage over The Social Network is that the majority of voters are actors, and I think that King’s 3 nominations in acting give it the edge over Social’s one. In fact, if there’s any movie that has a shot of being a surprise upset, it’s actually The Fighter, not Social.