Who doesn’t want to get their hands on the prized little naked gold man? Well tonight, we’ll see 24 of them handed out to those who deserve it and to those who don’t. Ahem, The Social Network, ahem. The biggest surprise of the season is that Meryl Streep hasn’t been nominated despite the fact that her only role this year was a voice part. The Academy Awards is the pinnacle for most in the field, and some time around 1.30am tonight Pop Culture Monster will sit down with a six pack of Red Bull in hand to enjoy the awards night of the season.
Best Original Screenplay was all set to go to The Kings Speech. Until, of course, The Writers Guild of America deemed Inception the best written original screenplay of last year. We agree with their decision, but we cannot say for sure whether the Academy does. So, for this category, Pop Culture Monster is torn. We’re saying it could sway either way. Mr Aaron “It Hurts My Back To Kiss My Own Ass Like This” Sorkin is a shoe-in to nab the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Unfortunately.
Do we even need to discuss Best Animated Feature? It’s going to Toy Story 3. ‘Nuff said.
Up until she took out personal “For Your Consideration” ads, Melissa Leo was all set to gain her first Oscar statuette for Best Supporting Actress. What the damn hell were you thinking, Melissa? Why would you ruin your own chances? Well, we hate to pull a Turk on you but it’s not gonna happen now. The bang of regret off you, Melissa. Step forward Helena, it’s your turn. As for Best Supporting Actor, it gets a little bit murkier. It’s really between Christian Bale for his turn in The Fighter and Geoffrey Rush for his role in The King’s Speech. Christian hasn’t got the best reputation when it comes to working with him, but Pop Culture Monster thinks it’s his year. But we’re not ruling out Geoff’s chances just yet. So he’s our main dark horse for tonight. F*ck your Academy Award, I’ve a dark horse outside.
The lovely Natalie Portman will go home with a baby in her belly and a naked man in her hand. No, she’s already knocked-up but she is going to win the Best Actress gong. And the lovely Colin Firth will go home baby-less but the better off because he’ll have his Best Actor award to cuddle instead.
Finally, the big tunas of the night. Yes, the awards for Most Directing and Most Picture will go to David Fincher and The Social Network.
Best Orignal Screenplay
The Kings Speech – David Seidler / Inception – Christopher Nolan
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin
Best Animated Feature
Toy Story 3
Best Supporting Actress
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale – The Fighter
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
David Fincher – The Social Network
The Social Network