Predicting the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominations – Part 3

Part III: The Heavy Hitters

The big ticket items, these are the awards rewarded to the best films released in all of 2010.

Best Animated Film

How to Train Your Drago

How to Train Your Dragon

It’s not only one of the best films of the year, but it got some of the best reviews from critics to boot.  Hopefully, the Academy feels the same way.



It’s a Disney film, a musical, in 3D, in CGI…need I say more?

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3

This one is not only a guaranteed, but a given.  If the Oscars snub Toy Story 3, I will literally lose faith in humanity…again.

The Illusionists

Dark Horse: The Illusionist

Because the little foreign animated film from the creators of the Academy loved Triplets of Belleville needs representation.

And the Oscars

Winner: Toy Story 3

Really, did you honestly think it would be any other film?  That’s what I thought.

Toy Story 3

Best Director

Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle, 127 Hours

The Academy loves Boyle, remember?

Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

The Academy has ignored Aronofsky for a long time, but I don’t think they can ignore him any longer.

David Fincher

David Fincher, The Social Network

Fincher’s only been nominated once for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Something is wrong here.

Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan, Inception

Christopher Nolan has never been nominated for a directing Oscar.  I’m not sure which of the two travesties I have mentioned is worse.

David O. Russell

David O. Russell

The man who has received a crapload of geek hate is probably set to receive an equally big crapload of Academy love.

Joel and Ethan Coen

Dark Horse: Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit

Remember how I mentioned the whole “Coens, Love, and Oscars” theory.  Well yeah…that applies here as well.

And the Oscars

Winner: David Fincher

You know how the sun will rise in the morning?

David Fincher

Best Picture

(Note: At this point in the feature, I think you know how I feel about these films.  Thus, I’ll simply list these.)

127 Hours Black Swan The Fighter

127 Hours Black Swan The Fighter

Inception The Kids Are All Right The King's Speech

Inception                                The Kids Are All Right            The King’s Speech

The Social Network The Town Toy Story 3

The Social Network The Town Toy Story 3

Winter's Bone

Winter’s Bone


Winner: THE SOCIAL NETWORK (cue the gasp)

The Social Network

Well, there you have it.  Although I could not cover all the categories, I think I got the big ones.  Am I right in my guesses?  Come back to TMP tomorrow when the Oscar nominations are officially announced and find out!