Editorials > Super Bowl Predictions
Thanks to some solid Super Bowl Predictions, I’ve got all of my picks in for the big game’s yearly pool. Onto a more important prediction now - who will walk home with this year’s Oscar for Best Picture. As a person who already struggles with deciding which pair of underwear to wear in the morning (Voltron boxers, Superman briefs, or a leopard thong), I found it incredibly irksome that the Academy expanded the field of contention from five to ten candidates last year. It was an obvious reaction to the uproar over the snubbing of The Dark Knight from two years ago and a cheapening attempt to gain viewership. Would two of the five highest grossing films of 2010 (Toy Story 3 and Inception first and fourth respectively) been nominated had the field stayed at five? Possibly - but highly doubtful. Especially when you consider that neither Christopher Nolan (Inception) or Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) were nominated for best directing. As a venting fan of Nolan and ‘Knight’, I digress though. In case you missed it, here are the nominees:127 HoursBlack SwanThe FighterInceptionThe Kids are All RightThe King’s SpeechThe Social NetworkToy Story 3True GritWinter’s Bone(Digression #2: The best film I saw in 2010 isn’t even on the list because of a mere technicality - Joon-Ho Bong’s Mother. It was released in America back in March, but in Korea during 2009, and didn’t even make the final cut for that year’s Best Foreign Language Film despite it being more deserving than three of the five nominated films.)The best nominated film I had the pleasure of watching in 2010 was Black Swan, beating out Inception and Winter’s Bone by a hair. However, my prediction for who will actually win is a different story altogether. Because The King’s Speech won both the Producer’s Guild and Director’s Guild highest honor, my money is the Tom Hooper-helmed period drama. So when the Super Bowl is done and you’re looking to make even more money on wagering, bet the house on ‘Speech’.