iWINuFAIL's Academy Awards Ballot

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing swell.  Here is my ballot for the 83rd Academy Awards.  I will not be covering all of the awards, mostly because I don't want to waste your time.  

I will put my selection in bold, however, if I expect a different film/person to win, I will put that in italics next to my selection.  Please comment and post those winner you expect.


Hailey Steinfeld (True Grit)

I don't know why she wasn't nominated for "Best Actress", but it's not my say.  In my opinion, she would NOT have won that, so perhaps this is better (think Heath Ledger for the Dark Knight).


Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech)

Christian Bale should give Rush a 'Rush' for his money, but I think his performance as Lionel Logue was the third best of the year (see later).


Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone)  Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Portman's performance was wonderful, and will likely win, but Lawrence I personally feel was better.  Much like Steinfeld, her character shows fierce bravery and determination, only in Winter's Bone she's by herself in facing the criminal underworld of the Ozarks.


Colin Firth (The King's Speech)

He was robbed last year by Bridges, who ironically, had this year's second best performance.  Special mention goes to James Franco for 127 hours.  A little rough at times, but certainly great.


Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)  David Fincher (The Social Network)

Arguably his greatest work as a director earns him the Acadmey Prize.  And though I do believe Aronofsky was the best, I do believe David Fincher has earned the award as well, and would really be happy with either.


The King's Speech  The Social Network

This was BY FAR the hardest for me.  Once I had narrowed it down, I still had four equally viable contanders (those two, plus True Grit and Black Swan).  Hell, you could easily make arguments for The Fighter, or 127 Hours.  I ultimately chose The King's Speech simply for the fact that it was the only movie that I could honestly say had NOTHING wrong with it.  All of the others had something, a missed performance here, some questionable plot lines there, but not The King's Speech.  It is, for all intents and purposes, perfect.

Well that's it.  And before I go, I have one announcement.  Starting soon, iWINuFAIL will now be reviewing films, as well as games.  I have found that recently, I have been seeing a lot of movies the weekend they come out (which in the past I rarely did), so why not do reviews for them?  So look out for those, and have a wonderful day.

John Tarr's picture

I haven't seen Winter's Bone, so it's hard to argue with your choices for that. But your pics for everything but Best Pic I agree with.

I know it's because I run a start up website and have fantasies of being a Top 100 website and having meetings with VCs that I LOVED The Social Network, but I seriously doubt it's going to win.

One category that I've become very interested in is "Documentary Feature". The nominees are:

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Gasland
  • Inside Job
  • Restrepo
  • Waste Land

I've only seen Exit and Restrepo, but both films were amazing and I highly recommend them to anybody who likes documentaries. I'm going to try to watch the other 3 nominees in the next week, before the big show.

pfro's picture

I think The Social Network will win Best Picture and Christian Bale will win Supporting Actor.

Pavan's picture

I havn't seen King's Speech yet but I do thing the Soical Network is going to win and it is also my ballot for Best Picture.

iWINuFAIL's picture

Best Documentary should go to Exit, but Restrepo is still worthy of a mention.  I've seen two of the others and they weren't anything special.

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