Though the Oscar show itself is not anticipated to be the most exciting we’ve seen (can’t wait to watch Anne Hathaway deliver hokey puns!) it can still be fun to predict who the top winners will be. So, following are selected categories with the nominees for each. You’re invited to post a comment with your predictions (feel free to copy and paste) and whoever gets the most right gets our award for Best Prognosticator in a Blogging Role:

NOMINEES FOR ACADEMY AWARDS:

Best Picture

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Directing

  • “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
  • “The Fighter” David O. Russell
  • “The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper
  • “The Social Network” David Fincher
  • “True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • “127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • “Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • “True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • “Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • “Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
  • “The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
    Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • “Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
  • “The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

Documentary (Feature)

  • “Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
  • “Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
  • “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • “Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
  • “Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

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Haruko Haruhara
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Hah, no one got it.

Russell Crowe (Kiwi/Aussie)
Anna Paquin (Canadian/Kiwi
Cate Blanchett (Aussie/American)
Geoffrey Rush (Aussie)

Errol Flynn never won an Oscar.
Mel Gibson never won an Oscar for acting and I’m not sure the Aussies really claim him as one of their own anyway.

Abbyrose86
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OK…where did everyone go….watching the Oscars?

Moist Robot
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Moist Robot

Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale duking it out should win.

Haruko Haruhara
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Two Kiwis and two Aussies have won Academy awards for acting. Can you name them?

AlphaBitch
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AlphaBitch

Without cheating, all I can come up with are: Nicole Kidman (and it SHOULD have gone to Salma Hayek that year – sorry!) and Russell Crowe. Wasn’t Mr. Crowe born in NZ and reared in Australia? How will he count?

Hmmm….that leaves two.

Haruko Haruhara
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I’ll give the answer at 9.

Googling takes the fun out of it!

Khirad
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Given current world events, I say Algeria’s submission ‘Outside the Law’ should win best Foreign.

I know, I’m a commie. I love foreign film.

And hokey pun or not, I don’t care. She’s purdy.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/37754/saturday-night-live-mary-poppins

Haruko Haruhara
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It’s Oscar time!

Abbyrose86
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For Directing…I must go with the following nominees

The Koch brothers…for their fine directing off the “Teaparty”

Karl Rove…for his outstanding direction of propaganda and making it acceptable again. (way to go, KARL!)

Orly Taitz…for her direction of the birther movement.

Mark Williams…for his direction of the NY City Mosque battle (that wasn’t even relevant to anything…but made headlines)

Terry Jones…for leading a ridiculous movement to burn the Koran in protest of the the bombings of 9/11 and the subsequent building of a Mosque BLOCKS away from the World trade center.

Khirad
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Mark Williams? That one was all batshit insane bigot Pam Geller.

2ndClassCitizenPundit
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The lifetime achievement award should go to Ashcroft.

Abbyrose86
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No doubt! 🙂

TakeInAPlay
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My pics are:

Best Picture: The King/s Speech
Best Director: David Fincher
Best Actor: Colin Firth
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale
Best Actress: Natalie Portman
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo
Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin
Original Screenplay: David Seidler
Best Cinematography: True Grit

I’ve got money on this so I hope I’m right. {{ Fingers Crossed }}

2ndClassCitizenPundit
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I don’t see them listed as nominated, but here are my picks:

John Boehner – most emo moment in legislative history
Mitch O’Connell – best supporting role in misinformation
Maggie Gallagher – Best actress in a homophobic role
Orly Taits – best supporting actress in an ongoing hate crime

I’d list more, but I just got up.

PatsyT
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Best Special Effects goes to – The Koch Brothers
for their creation of the life like Governor Scott Walker

2ndClassCitizenPundit
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I was going to give them “Best Active Role Off-Camera”

Abbyrose86
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Another good one! YES they definitely deserve an Oscar!

PatsyT
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Michelle Bachman – Best Actress in the film – The Zombie Lies

AlphaBitch
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AlphaBitch

Patsy: Ever since she was snubbed for the part “Bat-Boy’s Crazy as Batshit Mama”, I don’t believe she will EVER get the acknowledgement she deserves!

Abbyrose86
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OH …good one!

Abbyrose86
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Good picks!

I nominate Palin for best actress in a comedy!

2ndClassCitizenPundit
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Christine O’Donnell – most extreme mash-up of offensive stereotypes in a single sentence (check out Khirad’s article on her “witch” comments, last October)

Abbyrose86
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OH most definitely!

2ndClassCitizenPundit
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Hmm. Too bad we can’t conference together and flesh these out a bit more… would make a great humor/politics article.

And that goes for Adlib and the rest too.

Abbyrose86
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AMEN! sounds too much like fun! 🙂

Haruko Haruhara
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Actually, I don’t really care about the Oscars that much except I want the little girl to win.

FlyingLotus
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I can’t think straight.The constant presence of helicopters has left me with a whirring noise betwixt me ears.That and the fact I haven’t seen all the entries, but I agree with Jenuwin, re; Biutiful and Bardem.

Gransview
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Gransview

True Grit probably won’t win, but it was my favorite movie this year. I hope that 14 yr old Hailee Steinfeld wins Best Supporting Actress.

The King’s Speech was great as well. I bet it gets the most awards.

Jenuwin
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Would like to see “Biutiful” or “Outside the Law” wind for Best Foreign Language Film” and Jarvier Bardem Best Actor. Best picture….only an outside chance, but “Inception”.

ADONAI
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Inception

Darren Aronofsky

James Franco

Christian Bale

Natalie Portman

Melissa Leo

My only question is, how did Mila Kunis not get nominated? She was just as good as Portman.

FlyingLotus
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I agree with you on Kunis, she should have gotten a nom for best supporting.She was fantastic!I have a love/hate thang with the Oscars.It’s highly political.Ha!

ADONAI
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Indeed

FlyingLotus
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Sorry, have to disagree re; Inception.It was an ambitious film and I wanted to like it more than I did.The premise of the film is a fascinating one, but the film itself had only fascinating moments and that was due to the production design, art direction, cinematography, FX.Something was lacking and after more than one viewing I still can’t sort out what that was.Best picture, no.

Jenuwin
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It just won Best Cinematography!

ADONAI
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Still 100 times better than the “Social Network” and “Angry Dancer Can’t Find Time to Masturbate”.

FlyingLotus
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[email protected]”Angry Dancer” comment.Too funny!I enjoyed Black Swan, it was the Red Shoes on Crack.Social Network was a good watch, but not a best pic, imo.