Oscar 2011: The Contenders

colin firthleoinceptionAs we head into the early-autumn film-festival season (Venice, Toronto, New York) that helps determine Academy Awards contenders, LW Oscars expert Rex Okpodu presents his lists of whom he thinks the contenders are at this point in major categories. The lists are after the jump. One of the most interesting possible match-ups is pictured: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) versus Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception)

Best Picture:

We can expect 10 nominees from this list of 15 (nominees are in no particular order):

The Social Network
The King’s Speech
The Kid’s Are Alright
Toy Story 3
Another Year
Blue Valentine
Winter’s Bone
Fair Game
The Tree of Life
True Grit

Best Actor:

5 nominees from this list of 10:

Leonardo Dicaprio – Inception
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine
Jim Broadbent – Another Year
Mark Wahlberg – The Fighter
Sean Penn – The Tree of Life
Javier Bardem – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network

Best Actress:

5 nominees will emerge from this list of 10:

Annette Bening – The Kids Are Alright
Julianne Moore – The Kids Are Alright
Noomi Rapace – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Lesley Manville – Another Year
Anne Hathaway – Love and Other Drugs
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine
Natalie Portman – Blue Swan
Diane Lane – Secretariat
Helen Mirren – The Tempest

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