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?
Doggedness and serendipity set up a small film's big success.
'The King's Speech' was given an R rating solely for the use of profanity in some key scenes. As the producer reportedly considers re-editing the Oscar-nominated movie, the idea is getting poor reviews.
Colin Firth portrays King George VI and Helena Bonham Carter plays the Queen Mother in a scene from 'The King's Speech,' which garnered 12 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Mr. Firth, Best Supporting Actress for Ms. Bonham Carter, Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush, Best Director for Tom Hooper, and Best Original Screenplay.
Academy Award nominees were announced Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. Natalie Portman, Jeff Bridges, Christian Bale, and Helena Bonham Carter are also Academy Award nominees for acting.
Even middling years can yield marvelous movies. Despite all the frazzled franchises and star-studded misfires of 2010, there were still wonders to behold –historical dramas of the finest intelligence, animation of great wit and delicacy, documentaries that brought out the human drama behind the headlines, and small, independent movies that showcased the emerging artists of tomorrow. If you haven't yet seen any or all of my top 10, listed here alphabetically, I envy what awaits you.
Natalie Portman, seen here in 'Black Swan,' was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Actress, Drama, for her role in that film, which also won a nomination for Best Picture, Drama, on Dec. 14. The Golden Globe awards will air live on Jan. 16, 2011, on NBC.
Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as rival ballerinas, got a record 12 nominations in the Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Close behind was The King's Speech.
Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, as prince and speech therapist, are marvelous in 'The King's Speech,' a moving and remarkable story of friendship and triumph.
Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of murdering her roommate in Italy, is set to appeal her conviction. Meanwhile, Amanda Knox performed in a prison concert and is the subject of two movies.