Oscar predictions 2011: Keep your eye on The King's Speech

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?

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Director Tom Hooper (l. to r.), with actors, Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush at a screening of "The King's Speech" at the London Film Festival in Oct. 2010. Will they be on Peter Rainer's Oscar predictions 2011 list?

1. Best Picture

"The King's Speech"

Not only do I think “The King’s Speech” will win the Oscar for best picture, I actually think it deserves to win. It stands up to repeated viewings. I should know: I’ve seen it three times. Each time I get something more out of it -- a revelatory bit of business, an emotional grace note, an inflection from one of the many wonderful performers. (No film this past year has had better ensemble acting). “The King’s Speech” is old-fashioned in the best sense. It tells a complex story with deft simplicity.

Nominees: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter's Bone.

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