Actors are paid for their way with words. Colin Firth had to go above and beyond his usual craft to come up with a credible stammer for his Oscar-winning role in 'The King's Speech,' which also won Best Picture.
To some, the Academy Awards are nothing more than a meaningless, self-indulgent spectacle. But to others, the Oscars are really an insipid, decadent pseudo-event. No matter what your opinion, the event produces a lot of Hollywood trivia.
Oscar predictions 2011: The Monitor's film critic Peter Rainer picks which movies, and which actors, should win in five major Oscar categories. Best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, and best documentary. Do you agree?