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Oscar Watch: King's Speech Leads Gurus 'O Gold, Wins Hamptons Prize

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 11, 2010 at 3:33AM

Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as a stuttering King George VI, not only won the narrative audience prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival Sunday, but scored number one in the post-Toronto Film Festival Gurus 'o Gold poll (below). I also voted it number one (my current predictions are here and listed below), because the Tom Hooper movie is not only impeccably made and boasts the year's likely best actor winner (Firth), but is emotionally moving in a way that the brilliantly cold The Social Network is not.
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Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as a stuttering King George VI, not only won the narrative audience prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival Sunday, but scored number one in the post-Toronto Film Festival Gurus 'o Gold poll (below). I also voted it number one (my current predictions are here and listed below), because the Tom Hooper movie is not only impeccably made and boasts the year's likely best actor winner (Firth), but is emotionally moving in a way that the brilliantly cold The Social Network is not.

The Gurus 'o Gold Best Picture Predictions:

1. The King’s Speech
2. The Social Network
3. Inception
4. Toy Story 3
5. True Grit
6. 127 Hours
7. The Kids Are All Right
8. Black Swan
9. Another Year
10. Hereafter

Left off my list since the last voting (when I sent in 13) are Never Let Me Go, which is not doing well at the box office and earned mixed reviews; Black Swan, which may be too gritty and intense a thriller for older Academy members; The Tempest, Julie Taymor's gloriously audacious valentine to Shakespeare, which may be too artful for mainstream Oscar voters; and Charles Ferguson's Wall Street expose Inside Job, which opened to stellar reviews and a $21,000 per screen average in two theaters and could be a dark horse doc candidate for the top ten list if SPC can build enough controversy.

The Weinsteins are better at that game and can be counted on to milk the NC-17 rating for Blue Valentine, as they've done in the past--although a few judicious trims of thrusting sex scenes will get it the R. Blue Valentine will likely remain a long-shot for acting nominations for Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, although this sort of controversy will boost the likelihood that the actors branch will see the film.

My votes:


BEST PICTURE
1. The King's Speech
2. The Social Network
3. Inception
4. Winter's Bone
5. The Kids Are All Right
6. 127 Hours
7. Toy Story 3
8. True Grit
9. Love & Other Drugs
10. The Way Back

BEST ACTOR
1. Colin Firth The King's Speech
2. Jesse Eisenberg The Social Network
3. James Franco 127 Hours
4. Robert Duvall Get Low
5. Javier Bardem Biutiful

BEST ACTRESS
1. Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right
2. Nicole Kidman Rabbit Hole
3. Jennifer Lawrence Winter's Bone
4. Lesley Manville Another Year
5. Diane Lane Secretariat

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. Sam Rockwell Conviction
2. Geoffrey Rush The King's Speech
3. Mark Ruffalo The Kids Are All Right
4. Andrew Garfield The Social Network
5. Vincent Cassell The Black Swan

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Dianne Wiest Rabbit Hole
2. Miranda Richardson Made in Dagenham
3. Jacki Weaver Animal Kingdom
4. Helena Bonham Carter The King's Speech
5. Rebecca Hall Please Give

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Festivals, Headliners, Coens, Clint Eastwood, David Fincher, Chris Nolan, Danny Boyle, Darren Aronofsky, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.