Category Archives: Oscar picks 2011

Reel Short Takes: “Inside Job”

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Ronald Reagan: “The magic of the Market Place.”  What a bunch of lies from every president since Jack left office that led to the inside job to end all inside jobs.

It took forever to get Inside Job from Netflix so I watched it twice.  It will make you so damn mad, that is unless you profited from the biggest heist, ponzi scheme, inside job of the century and got away scot free.  Who the fux went to jail? Seems like no one since the evil men at Enron.  Watching that too this weekend.  What’s the point of having a billion dollars?

More and more it’s the poor that get dumped on.  But it’s not just the poor this film is about how a whole new class of middle class poor was made when Henry Paulson, little Timmy Giethner, Big Ben Bernanke, the IMF, Wall Street moghuls, the Federal reserve, the Jews who run the Federal reserve and everyone in between rob the whole world in plain sight. 

It’s will really make you mad. And who was to blame: every president post- JFK was to blame for the takedown of the world’s middle and poor classes. Jack’s financial background made him the last of the solid for gold backing the Feds ever.  It is no wonder they did not want him to have a second term they wanted to ruin the country and could never do it under JFK’s watch. I know that he has been called soft on race relations but what’s ironic is that after many of the chinks in the armour of white supremacy were ironed out the rethugs and the damn dems realized that the country was now ripe for the picking.  They went after and hid behind allowing less well-off folks to get a big piece of the American dream.  In one speech W made it clear that now it was time for blacks and browns to get a piece of the nice home action.  Who knew that it was only so that the white men could raid Fort Knox?

Oscars boring–again–without black people

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Just boriNg. I shouldn’t say again because last year with some color to the tube it was pretty exciting. I hated when Avatar lost but overall it was good.

This year it was white as toothpaste and just as tasteless. That’s pretty good Heloise, white as toothpaste! With  hosts like Franco, who should have stayed in his cave and lifeless as he was, goodness I couldn’t bear to look at him during Oscars.  He was so good as that uber gay, jew Ginsberg in Howl, but what happened to Franco? Don’t know.  Oh, I take that back, I said 127 hours was not going to win shit in my predictions, he probably read it and knew it was accurate and he was simply depressed during the whole damn thing.

Sorry but I knew it was not going to win. Next time Charlie.

Best Actor in a leading role: Colin Firth

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Colin Firth best actor…We knew it.  THE King’s Speech that’s the ticket.

Best Actress in a leading Role: Natalie Portman

I hope she gets the Oscar curse! I know she was the fav but just did not want to give it to her. Hated that movie.

Best Director: Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech

Tom Hooper and me!

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I got this one right this year. A big one.  Hell no to The Social Network…Congrats Tom Hooper. This best last year’s fiasco with the pick of The Hurt Locker winner, but the right person won this year: Tom Hooper. And that means that The King’s Speech will win best pic too.

Rotten Tomatoes got that wrong TOO:


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Best Achievement in Directing: David Fincher, The Social Network

I got Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor

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Even Rotten Tomatoes got BSActress wrong. More to come.

Congrats to Melissa Leo and Christian Bale for their roles in The Fighter.

Rotten Tomatoes Oscar Picks (link)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

Wrongo! We both went for Bale though. Most of my picks were in line with theirs. We both picked Biutiful and it did not win.

The King’s Sweep (Heloise’s picks the rest of them)

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”
  • My pick: Colin Firth

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”
  • My pick: Christian Bale

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”
  • My pick:  Annette Bening (I’ve picked the winner like 5 years in a row)

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”
  • My pick: Helena Bonham Carter

Animated Feature Film

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • “The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
  • “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich
  • My pick: Toy Story 3

Art Direction

  • “Alice in Wonderland”
    Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
    Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • “Inception”
    Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
  • “The King’s Speech”
    Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
  • “True Grit”
    Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
  • My pick: The King’s Speech


  • “Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
  • “Inception” Wally Pfister
  • “The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen
  • “The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
  • “True Grit” Roger Deakins
    My Pick: The King’s Speech

Costume Design

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
  • “I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
  • “The King’s Speech” Jenny Beavan
  • “The Tempest” Sandy Powell
  • “True Grit” Mary Zophres
  • My Pick: The King’s Speech


  • “Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
  • “The Fighter” David O. Russell
  • “The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper
  • “The Social Network” David Fincher
  • “True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  • My Pick: Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech

Documentary (Feature)

  • “Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
  • “Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
  • “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • “Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
  • “Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley
  • My Pick: Inside Job

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • “Killing in the Name” Nominees to be determined
  • “Poster Girl” Nominees to be determined
  • “Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
  • “Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
  • “The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
  • My Pick: Killing in the Name (pure guess)

Film Editing

  • “Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
  • “The Fighter” Pamela Martin
  • “The King’s Speech” Tariq Anwar
  • “127 Hours” Jon Harris
  • “The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
  • My Pick: The King’s Speech

Foreign Language Film

  • “Biutiful” Mexico
  • “Dogtooth” Greece
  • “In a Better World” Denmark
  • “Incendies” Canada
  • “Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria
  • My Pick: Biutiful (pure guess)


  • “Barney’s Version” Adrien Morot
  • “The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
  • “The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
  • My Pick: The Wolfman

Music (Original Score)

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
  • “Inception” Hans Zimmer
  • “The King’s Speech” Alexandre Desplat
  • “127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
  • “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • My Pick: Alexandre Desplat for The King’s Speech

Music (Original Song)

  • “Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
  • “I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
  • “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
  • “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″ Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

My Pick: Coming Home (pure guess)

Best Picture

  • “Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
  • “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • “Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
  • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
  • “Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers
  • My Pick: The King’s Speech (no doubt)

Short Film (Animated)

  • “Day & Night” Teddy Newton
  • “The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
  • “Let’s Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
  • “The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
  • “Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois
  • My Pick: Madagascar

Short Film (Live Action)

  • “The Confession” Tanel Toom
  • “The Crush” Michael Creagh
  • “God of Love” Luke Matheny
  • “Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt
  • “Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite
  • My Pick: The Confession

Sound Editing

  • “Inception” Richard King
  • “Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
  • “Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
  • “True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
  • “Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger
  • My Pick: Unstoppable

Sound Mixing

  • “Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
  • “The King’s Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
  • “Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
  • “The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
  • “True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
  • My Pick: The King’s Speech

Visual Effects

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
  • “Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
  • “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
  • “Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick
  • My Pick: Inception

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • “127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • “Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • “True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • “Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
  • My Pick: The Social Network

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • “Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
  • “The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
    Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • “Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
  • “The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
  • “The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler
  • My Pick: The King’s Speech


SAG Pick for actor in supporting role; actress in lead role; Best ensemble The King’s Speech

Christian Bale wins best supporting actor. Heloise predicted he will win the same award for Oscars. Natalie Portman wins SAG for actress in lead role. I don’t think so. I hope she don’t win the Oscar. Bad break for Bening.

Best cast in a motion picture: The King’s Speech

Best actor SAG winner: Colin Firth….as predicted he will win Oscar. Yes, my man Firth won. 

rundown of SAG:


Heloise’s Oscar Picks and Predictions 2011–updated

first published at on January 30, 2011

When I wrote this who knew we would be talking about

 The King’s Sweep!

 I have been watching the new buzz on the film and the true historicity of it. While the present royals are a pain in the butt to me I do love British history can’t help it. So a little revision is in order because now I predict “The King’s Sweep” on Oscar night.

The Academy Awards are still a couple of weeks away. But that does not keep the critics from making predictions. First the list of the ten films nominated for best picture this year; a short synopsis which include a few of Heloise’s predictions and the outcome-whys:

Black Swan Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers

The Fighter David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers

Inception Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers

The Kids Are All Right Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers

The King’s Speech Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

127 Hours Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers

The Social Network Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers

Toy Story 3 Darla K. Anderson, Producer

True Grit Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers

Winter’s Bone Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Five of the ten films have also been nominated for Screen Actors’ Guild Awards (SAG) airing on January 30, 2011. The five from SAG:The King’s Speech; The Social Network; Black Swan, The Fighter, and The Kids Are All Right. My Top 10 list of films this year includes those SAG nominees and a few others not nominated. But this blog is for the Academy Awards.

The King’s Speech: This film ranked  #1 on my top ten list. I pick it to take home a SAG award as well as Oscar for best picture. Why? It has everything including what Academy members look for in a film: true-tale treatment. With a total of 12 nominations it will take home at least five or more, including best picture, best actor for Colin Firth, best directing for Tom Hooper, costume design, and sound mixing. The competition gets a little stiffer in other categories.  

Black Swan: The acting in Black Swan was superb. But for me the ballet and the dancing that goes with it was missing. Thus I don’t find it a strong contender for best film. Mila Kunis was overlooked as supporting for Oscar but has been nominated for SAG and could snag it. Swan wins best cinematography.

The Fighter: The fighter is a sleeper. It won’t win best picture but I predict that Melissa Leo wins Supporting Actress, Christian Bale Supporting Actor, Writing (original screenplay). The Figher made my Top 10 list.

Inception: I loved this movie. I reviewed it and heaped praise on it early on by predicting it would be nominated with a Best Picture nod. It could also be a spoiler come Academy day and may keep King’s Speech from sweeping. But it is really a long shot to win best picture. What could it win: best original score, and battle Black Swan for cinematography; win art direction; sound mixing and visual effects all highly possible. None of the cast are nominated.

The Kids Are All Right: This film made my Top 10 with its story line and acting. Three of the cast members are nominated. I don’t see it winning best picture, but I think the buzz is with Bening and she alone will win best actress in a drama. Beyond that is unpredictable IMO.

127 Hours: This is the only nomination I have not seen. I have a problem with torture and stayed away from this film. I put it on my Top 10 list, although I don’t think it has a chance of winning best picture or best actor. It is nominated for adapted screenplay along with The Social Network. But I think Network takes that one..

The Social Network: I’ve seen this film twice. The beginning is by far the best. I don’t see it upsetting SAG awards or Academy. I predict it won’t win best picture for either. Jesse Einsenberg is nominated for best actor but he will leave empty-handed I predict. He has too much competition in James Franco and Colin Firth. And besides he is the only one nominated in this film for acting. Was Justin Timberlake snubbed? What award do I see for The Social Network: best adapted screenplay. The film closely followed the book it was based on.

Toy Story 3: What a funny film. With nice toys taking up arms against sinister ones found in a daycare center. I laughed out loud to my surprise. It’s good and I can see why it was nominated. This Disney film should win best animated feature film.

True Grit: May not be one of the Coen brothers best efforts to date. It may be a make-up nomination not sure. The acting was good, but the story did not hold my interest and the tension and thrill were just not what I expected from the Coens. What can it win is a better question than what will it win?

Winter’s Bone: A dark film with an unforgettable performance by Jennifer Lawrence as the teen who searches for her druggie dad in the dead of winter.  Now, if she were not going up against Annette Bening and Natalie Portman then I would say that the buzz is with her. Alas, it’s not.

Post script: I was unable to screen Biutiful with Javier Bardem. He was nominated for actor in a leading role but I don’t think he will win it this year. Costume design to Alice In Wonderland.  Film editing: Tariq Anwar for The King’s Speech. Sound editing: Unstoppable, the film I enjoyed  most this year. Finally, best Foreign Language Film: Biutiful (Mexico) because of Bardem, can’t wait to see his performance. That last prediction is a long shot because I have not seen any of the best foreign films nominated. But my prediction for best picture this year is not a long shot but a rather articulate film: The King’s Speech.

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