New Poll: Your Pick for 2011 Academy Awards Best Picture

Your Pick for 2011 Academy Award Best Picture

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16 thoughts on “New Poll: Your Pick for 2011 Academy Awards Best Picture

  1. Although I love The King’s Speech and expect it to win, I voted for Toy Story 3. It tapped into my deepest self, poignantly rendered the transition from childhood, made me laugh, and made me bawl my eyes out throughout the last 20 minutes. Even when I saw it the second time on DVD. It’s completely timeless and has so many wonderful themes–faith, loyalty, love, sacrifice, abandonment, Christian Everyman, friendship, leaving part of yourself behind and moving on. It’s rare that a film so deeply touches me. I’m with TIME’s Richard Corliss, who also picked it.

  2. Winter’s Bone Story of a teen-ager who seeks for her father through a landscape of deadly criminals – all of whom are related to her and have no compunction about killing her – in order to save her younger brother and sister (and catatonic mother) from homelessness. beautifully filmed. Moving without being sentimental. The scene where she teaches the youngsters to hunt squirrels – so they can eat – exemplifies the understated power and pathos of the movie. There are many other outstanding scenes, and one of the best is when the Sherrif stops Teardrop and Ree, and tells Teardrop to step out of the pickup. The outcome of that scene is up in the air until the very end. Nothing is predetermined. It turns a bit Southern Gothic near the end, but never mind that. Winter’s Bone is my choice of best movie of 2010.

  3. The King’s Speech will win, and its a great movie, but I voted for Inception. I should win just on the sheer audacity of its concept!

  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1!!! That’s my vote.

    I’ve neither seen nor intend to see any of the ones actually on the poll.

  5. I won’t pay to see any of the movies listed…which means I haven’t seen them and don’t care which might win. Personally I don’t think the Academy Awards is fair judge of anything except maybe corruption but that another subject sorry.

  6. I voted for Winter’s Bone – but I won’t be disappointed if The King’s Speech wins. I loved both movies so much. All the films are wonderful – but I don’t think I’d vote for Inception, The Kids Are Alright or True Grit (sadly). I wanted more from those films.

    That said – I am so happy that they opened up the noms to ten. But it seems somehow wrong to pick one. Best picture to one person is not Best Picture for another. I think the Academy Awards are fine and everything but a lot of politics are involved that have nothing to do with the Art of Cinema itself. And even if politics weren’t involved who is one person to declare one better than the other? Thank God there were no awards for Best Symphony in Mozart’s time or Best Oratoria in Bach’s era. They would have lost every year because they weren’t politically well-connected or very popular. I think time is the true award. The same goes for literature. Awards are always zeitgeist and short-sighted in all Art.

  7. Tough call there. So many quality films this year! I’ve only gotten to see The King’s Speech and True Grit out of the ones listed (I know, I know, I’m woefully behind!). I’m not sure which I really like best. I think I’ll just have to catch them again!

  8. I voted for The King’s Speech. It’s well acted, and as a bonus, it has several actors whom we know from the Harry Potter films: Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, and Timothy Spall are all cast members. Bonham Carter, who plays Bellatrix Lestrange in the HP films, is the Duchess of York in TKS, Michael Gambon is old King George V, and Timothy Spall plays Winston Churchill.

  9. Haven’t seen King’s Speech, and time is running out, but I have only heard good things about it: performances by Finch and Rush, Bonham-Carter goes against type and plays a – wait for it – normal person; and best of all: old King George dies half-way through 🙂

  10. I just KNEW someone was probably going to make a crack about Michael Gambon!! You just probably were fastest out of the gate, Red Rocker!
    Anyway, for those of you who haven’t seen The King’s Speech yet, I highly recommend that you do so. It’s got a great, heart-warming plot, and aside from the fact that Gambon is in it, there’s a great cast.
    Besides Colin Firth, who does a great job of convincing the audience that his character actually has a stammering problem with his speech, there’s the delightful Geoffrey Rush as his eccentric speech therapist.
    Jennifer Ehle, who played Elizabeth Bennet to Firth’s Mr. Darcy, is in this film as the wife of the speech therapist. The actor who played the toady Mr. Collins in that version of P&P is also in a scene where he plays the Simon Cowell role to tell Rush’s character he is not going to be cast in the play; there’s also other acting gems from actors such as Derek Jacobi, who once played the stammering emperor Claudius, and the pair who play the Prince of Wales and Wallis Simpson are spot-on as well. If you enjoy well made films with British casts, you will LOVE this one–trust me!

  11. Arabella Maybe it’s because out of all the movies, I’ve only seen Toy Story 3, Social Network, and Inception, but I’m with you on Toy Story 3. I also cried at the end of that film, and out of all three movies, that was the one I found the most satisfying all around.

  12. Here are the Vegas odds on the candidates. I don’t really understand what they mean, but it looks like a negative number is good, and the higher the negative, the gooder.

    BEST PICTURE

    The King’s Speech -800

    The Social Network +150

    True Grit +1000

    The Fighter +2000

    Inception +2000

    Black Swan +2500

    The Kids are All Right +4000

    Winter’s Bone +4000

    127 Hours +5000

    Toy Story 3: +5000

    http://www.examiner.com/sports-betting-in-national/2011-academy-award-nominations-vegas-odds-predicted-winners-and-picks

  13. While there are some really good movies in the running this year – Inception, True Grit, The Fighter, Rabbit Hole, Winter’s Bone, The Social Network, Toy Story 3…I would really like to see an exquisite movie like “King’s Speech” win. And I hope there aren’t any awards given again for performing “porn” scenes then declaring it “art”, like with the 2002 Academy Awards: Halle Berry – Monster’s Ball, 2009 Academy Awards: Kate Winslet – The Reader, and this year’s 2011 Golde…n Globes: Natalie Portman – Black Swan. Acting as such characters in that manner, defiles the feminine self worth. I understand the physiological aspect of the characters that they’re portraying and the story they’re trying to tell, but you can do that without resorting to such “in your face” sex scenes. Leaving something to the imagination is creative, artistic, intelligent, challenging and classy. Just saying. 🙂

  14. I am very happy with the win for The King’s Speech, which I thought was a beautifully made movie anchored by a terrific performance by Colin Firth.

    My vote, however, would have gone to either The Social Network or Toy Story 3. In this poll, I voted for The Social Network because the degree of difficulty in getting this movie to work is just off the charts — people who spend all their time talking (or worse, looking at screens), three timelines to cut together, and the courage to have a downer ending. Toy Story 3 was truly wonderful, but so much of the heavy lifting (creating the world, the characters, the casting) was already done before they even got started. So my vote’s for The Social Network.

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