Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
While it’s tough to argue with Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Gosling, Colin Firth, James Franco, or Mark Wahlberg, it’s hard to believe that Robert Duvall was left out completely. This does not bode well for an Oscar nomination for his fantastic performance in “Get Low”, which was thought to be a shoe-in, slam dunk win for Duvall.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
While I’m sure the other actresses are thrilled to be nominated, they all have to know that this award belongs to Natalie Portman. It’s really a no-brainer. She is so off the charts fantastic in “Black Swan” that she should just get a Golden Globe and Oscar at the same time.
Best Director – Motion Picture
What’s a fanboy to do with this category? David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky? These are all geek favorites and directors that all deserve to win. Personally, I’m pulling for Christopher Nolan as I am still angry over his snubbing for “The Dark Knight”. Actually, I’ll take anyone but David O. Russell.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
As usual, the nominees for this award are completely ridiculous. Out of the five, only “The Kids Are Alright” truly qualifies. Yes, “Burlesque” is a musical, but it should not qualify as it completely sucks. “Red”? Action movie. “The Tourist”? Action movie and supposedly not very good. “Alice In Wonderland”? No thank you. It’s not been a great year for comedies, but why not nominate an actual comedy for this award sometime?
Best Motion Picture – Drama
This will easily be the most controversial and toughest award to choose. You have to believe that “Black Swan” is the front-runner right now, with “The King’s Speech” in a very, very close second. There is word that “The Fighter” could underdog its way to a win, very much like “Rocky” in 1976. You know it’s been a great year for dramas when two movies like “Inception” and “The Social Network” could be shut out of this race.