I'm going to try my hand at the Oscar nominees in the major categories:
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Obviously, my favorite category....
1. CANADA- "Incendies"
2. DENMARK- "In A Better World"
3. MEXICO- "Biutiful"
4. JAPAN- "Confessions"
5. SOUTH AFRICA- "Life, Above All"
6. ALGERIA- "Hors-la-Loi"
7. SWEDEN- "Simple Simon"
8. SPAIN- "Even the Rain"
9. GREECE- "Dogtooth"
I think Sweden is too light, Spain is too high-brow and Greece are too weird to get nominations...But then, I never thought "Milk of Sorrow" could get nominated, but it did last year which shows this committee's tastes may be subtly changing.
I've seen 12 of the 66 national submissions, but none of the nine finalists....I'll only be happy if JAPAN's "Confessions" makes the list.
As for the OTHER categories:
1. Colin Firth, The King's Speech
2. James Franco, 127 Hours
3. Jeff Bridges, True Grit
4. Javier Bardem, Biutiful
5. Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Alternate: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network (I predict an upset and that Eisenberg fails to get a nomination)
1. Natalie Portman, Black Swan
2. Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
3. Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
4. Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
5. Tilda Swinton, I Am Love
Alternate: Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. Christian Bale, The Fighter
2. Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
3. Jeremy Renner, The Town
4. Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
5. Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Alternate: John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Amy Adams, The Fighter
2. Melissa Leo, The Fighter
3. Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
4. Helena Bonham-Carter, The King's Speech
5. Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Alternate: Mila Kunis, Black Swan
1. David Fincher, The Social Network
2. Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
3. Christopher Nolan, Inception
4. The Coen Brothers, True Grit
5. Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
Alternate: Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
1. The Social Network
2. Black Swan
3. The King's Speech
4. True Grit
5. The Fighter
6. Toy Story 3
8. The Kids Are All Right
9. Blue Valentine
10. Winter's Bone
Alternate: 127 Hours
Let's see how I do tomorrow morning!