13 Oscar Wishes from Gurus o'Gold
Fifteen important Gurus o'Gold pundits switched their best picture prediction from The King's Speech to The Social Network on Thursday, and 13 posted some Oscar Christmas gift wish lists.
Here are the Gurus' new votes on who will win the Oscar for best picture:
1. The Social Network: 124 votes
2. The King's Speech: 120
3. The Fighter: 102
4. Black Swan: 75
5. Inception: 69
6. Toy Story 3: 62
7. True Grit: 61
8. The Kids Are All Right: 53
9. Winter's Bone: 19
10. 127 Hours: 14
And here are exerpts from the Gurus' Oscar wish lists:
Dave Karger: Nominations for Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.
Kristopher Tapley: Someone, anyone, to remember Shutter Island, and that it is a brilliant piece of work.
Peter Howell: A Best Director nom for Lisa Cholodenko [to] prove that Kathryn Bigelow's win last year wasn't a fluke.
Steve Pond: Javier Bardem, best actor. At least nominate the guy, dammit.
David Poland: A little fearlessness from Academy voters. Watch the tough movies, damn it. And that will lead to great things for some great actors, starting with Bardem, but for quite a few others as well.
Sasha Stone: Debra Granik for a Best Director nod.
Anne Thompson: I'd return to five for best picture.
Susan Wloszczyna: "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" is nominated for song, so Cher can squeeze into a new outlandish Bob Mackie getup and sprinkle her surgically altered fairy dust on the proceedings.
Eugene Hernandez: A best foreign language film nomination for ... Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand).
Anthony Breznican: Leo realizes it's NOT a dream.
Gregory Ellwood: Oscar nominations in prime time like the Grammys so we don't have to get up so early for no reason.
Mark Olsen: I would hope that the awards process, and especially this moment of year-end lists...could be used to broaden the conversation rather than narrow it.
Pete Hammond: That Oscar consultants wouldn't take these lists so seriously. It's not science, people.
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