Oscar 2010: First Predictions of Frontrunners, Contenders

Welcome to our first official Oscar article.
 
The Venice Film Fest (Sep 1-10) and the Toronto Film Fest (Sep 9-19) officially signal the beginning of the fall season, also known as the awards season, building up to the Oscars nominations and critics kudo at the end of the calendar year.
 
Toronto Fest is particularly important as a launching pad for significant, serious—and “Oscar-caliber” movies. After all, “American Beauty,” which swept the 1999 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, was launched at the Toronto Fest.
 
Half of the entries here in the Oscar derby are films that have not been seen yet, such as “Social Network.”
We enlist these movies based on our informed insights, instincts and feelings, and previously accumulated knowledge.
 
So let the Oscar buzz begin.
 
Frontrunners
 
Inception, Chris Nolan
The Social Network, David Fincher
The King’s Speech,
The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko
True Grit, Joel and Ethan Coen
Hereafter, Clint Eastwood
 
Contenders
 
127 Hours, Danny Boyle
Another Year, Mike Leigh
Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky
Blue Valentine,
The Fighter, David O. Russell
Somewhere, Sofia Coppola
 
Long Shots
 
The Ghost Writer, Roman Polanski
Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek
Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik
The Tree of Life, Terence Malick
 
Out of Field
Shutter Island, Scorsese
 
Animation
 
Frontrunner
Toy Story 3
 
Prestige Directors Missing
Spielberg has no movie this year as a director (he will next year with his Lincoln epic), but he is one of the exec producers (along with Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy) of Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter.”
Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” is too trashy and generic to be considered seriously as Oscar material. Moreover, the movie was not particularly well-reviewed, though it made money at the box office, grossing over $120 million, perhaps due to Leonardo DiCaprio’s star power. DiCaprio, who has not won an Oscar yet, has better chance to be nominated (deservedly) in the Best Actor category for “Inception.”