The 2011 Oscar season beckons. It feels like just yesterday when Jeff Bridges took home his deserved first Oscar for Crazy Heart. Everyone wanted him to go, “the dude stays.” He didn’t quite say that, but we all cheered for Jeff anyway. Extra special was the euphoria surrounding the clash between David and Goliath (read The Hurt Locker and Avatar). Hollywood diva Sandra Bullock finally got a decent Oscar for best actress for her performance in The Blind Side. Everyone started speculating who would make the final cut between James Cameron and his ex-wife Kathryn Ann Bigelow. The later underdog eventually took home the most prestigious Oscars at the 2010 ceremony.
But that was last year, and all eyes are now on February 27, Oscar 2011
Without a doubt, the most talked-about man on Earth right now is Mark Elliot Zuckerberg. Having won Time magazine’s prestigious Person of the Year himself in 2010, it’s only fitting that the most popular movie of the year was also based on his life. David Fincher let his previous ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ collect a whopping 13 Oscar nominations in Oscar 2009. With the increasing popularity and phenomenal reviews as garnered by his latest film, ‘The Social Network,’ the highly talented director plans to take home a few gold statues for Oscar 2011.
While talking about Oscar 2011, The Coens are again calculating with True Grit. Their previous Oscar was won in 2008 for No Country For Old Men. They have made two films, the idiosyncratic Burn after Reading (2008), in the typical Coens style. Then came the brilliant A Serious Man (2009), which deserved an Oscar. In Oscar 2011, they will compete strongly for the prizes with their ‘True Grit .’ Last year’s Oscar winner Jeff Bridges will have in the lead role, along with Matt Damon and Josh Brolin.
What movies were up for Best Picture in 2011?
The other big movies that could influence the Oscars in 2011 are the following. Tom Hooper’s “The Kings Speech” starring the ever-underrated Colin Firth, who received another Oscar nomination last year for his melancholy performance in A Single Man. “Black Swan” stars Natalie Portman directing heavyweight Darren Aronofsky, who cannot be ignored. The phenomenal “Inception” by Christopher Nolan with Leo Di Caprio plays the typical ‘troubled hero’ as is usual in a Nolan film. “The American” stars George Clooney with Anton Corbijn directing, exceptionally well received. “The Ghost Writer” marks the return of legend Roman Polanski. Then, of course, there’s only “127 Hours” from celebrated Slumdog director Danny Boyle. These are some of the films that will more or less leave a solid mark at the upcoming Oscar 2011 ceremony. There are quite a few surprises in the meantime as you just wait for the prizes to explode.