Hooper Takes DGA, The King’s Speech Will Win Best Picture At Oscar

The Directors Guild Award went to Tom Hooper for his work behind The King’s Speech.  And with it, the Oscar race is now all but officially over.  The PGA, The DGA, and the leading 12 Oscar nominations all add up to Oscar gold:  The King’s Speech will be your winner for Best Picture 2010.  You can take that to the bank.  I have updated my predictions accordingly.

   Stay tuned Sunday night when we find out what the actors are thinking during the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.  And be sure to join us around 7:30 p.m. EST, when I will be live blogging the red carpet and SAG results.

Live Blogging the 17th Annual SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 20: A general view is seen during the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild awards nominations annoucement held in the SilverScreen Theater at the Pacific Design Center on December 20, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

   Thanks for joining me tonight for the Screen Actors Guild Awards!  Will The King’s Speech continue its dominance with the Guilds tonight?  Will The Social Network pull an upset to get back into the Oscar race?  Will The Fighter show that it is the film most likely to upset the newly minted Oscar front-runner?  Or is something totally unexpected about to occur tonight? 

  Check out how the live blog went after the jump…

Aycee Awards: Round 3

Time for Round 3 in the Aycee Awards race. This set contains Best Song, Best Score, Best Movie Trailer and Best Movie Poster. This will be a big post [vertically speaking…] due to so many audio/visuals. Score and song are pretty straight forward, the tracks are provided for you to listen and then vote. For trailer and posters, we provided a specific selection from the nominated film. To qualify, the trailer or poster had to be available in 2010 but not the actual film.
So, have fun listening and watching the following nominees and vote at the bottom on the post.

Best Song

  1. “I See the Light” – Tangled
  2. “Shine” – Waiting for Superman
  3. “If I Rise” – 127 Hours

SAG/DGA Predictions

The Screen Actors Guild will hold their 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs) on Sunday, January 30th at 8:00 P.M. EST on TNT.  I will be doing another live blog – as I did for the Golden Globes, and will for the Oscars – beginning around (or before) 7:30 EST for the red carpet arrivals, so be sure to tune in and voice your opinions on the fashion, the stars, and the winners.

   This year’s winners might be a little more indicative than usual, as we have one of the closest Oscar races in recent memory brewing between The Social Network, The King’s Speech, and The Fighter.  To stay alive in the hunt for Oscars big prize, I think Ensemble – the SAG equivalent of Best Picture – is a must win for The Fighter.  On the other hand, the race will feel pretty sewn up if The King’s Speech were to take the big prize.  I don’t expect The Social Network to win Ensemble, but if it did I think the Facebook film would regain a solid lead on the field.  Between the three, I’m hoping The Social Network pulls an upset.  Crazy how much things have changed in just a week, that I now consider The Social Network a big upset to win anything.

   Where I do not think The Social Network is an underdog is at Saturday nights Directors Guild Awards, where David Fincher should prevail.  But make no mistake about it, Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) is certainly capable of taking the DGA – after his film led all others in Oscar noms – and if so the path to Oscar would end that night.  However, my upset pick would be Christopher Nolan (Inception), who was snubbed earlier this week by Oscar.  Voting for the DGA’s didn’t close until Friday night, so maybe in the wake of Nolan’s big time snub, the directors may take a stand for him here.  But I doubt it.  Even though my brain says Hooper, my gut is still saying Fincher will win the DGA. 

   Check out my SAG predictions after the jump, and be sure to leave your predictions in the comments below…

The Conspirator Trailer

Big week for Robert Redford.  As his Sundance Film Festivalis underway, we get a look at his upcoming conspiracy film surrounding the Abraham Lincoln assassination.  Robin Wright stars as Mary Surratt, a woman charged as being a co-conspirator in the Presidents murder.  The rest of the cast includes James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Stephen Root, Justin Long, Jonathan Groff and Danny Huston.  The Conspirator opens in April.

   See the trailer and synopsis after the jump…

In Theatres for January 28th

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful is in limited release this week.  Fresh off of its two Oscar nominations (Foreign Language Film, Lead Actor – Javier Bardem), you can chalk this one up as the film to see this weekend if you are so lucky to have it playing near you.  Bardem won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival last year for his dark performance as a family man who can read the minds of the deceased. 

   See what else is out this weekend after the jump…

James Franco On The Daily Show

 It seems we have a lot of James Franco fans on our site, and who can blame them?  He is becoming more and more fascinating as he continues to take on all sorts of tough projects.  An absolute renaissance man.

   Aside from Franco – who is nominated for Lead Actor and is co-hosting the 83rd Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway – I am an ENORMOUS fan of Jon Stewart and his television show.  Check out how the former Oscar host advises the newbie.