The Gurus 'O Gold will now be voting every week as the awards season picks up steam. The latest votes reflect where the Oscar race stands now, with consensus on the top six, led by The King's Speech, which played better for my Sneak Previews class than anything else has in five years of programming. We also voted on actor and actress.
Several movies remain sight unseen: True Grit and The Fighter won't be screened until after Thanksgiving. Many have not yet opened with reviews. Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is getting a big pick-up from opening this weekend.
I did not book for Sneak Previews either 127 Hours, which keeps causing viewers to faint, or Darren Aronofsky's intense thriller Black Swan. We still need to know how they will play with the Academy. I will go see Black Swan at AFI Fest this week to see how it fares with stateside audiences. Mike Leigh's fest hit Another Year is another film that should pick up steam, but actress Lesley Manville, who wowed them at Cannes, is not on the Academy radar as yet. She and other art-house contenders still need a boost from year-end critics groups: Peter Weir's epic World War II adventure The Way Back, John Cameron Mitchell's family drama Rabbit Hole, and Debra Granik's hardboiled Winter's Bone. Note that Ben Affleck's The Town and Ed Zwick's Love & Other Drugs have not yet made a showing with this group.
Best Picture list across 14 voters is below.
1. The King's Speech
2. The Social Network
4. Toy Story 3
6. 127 Hours
7. The Kids Are All Right
8. True Grit
9. The Fighter
10. Rabbit Hole