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'The King's Speech' vs. 'The Social Network': Is the Oscar race over?

Social-Network-Kings-SpeechImage Credit: Merrick Morton; Laurie SparhamSince the beginning of the awards season, I’ve had The King’s Speech at the top of my predictions list to win the Oscar for Best Picture. But even I never thought it would sweep the three major guild awards: Directors Guild, Producers Guild, and Screen Actors Guild. Speech‘s pre-Oscar hat trick has certainly relegated the once-invincible Social Network to underdog status. But has it also rendered the last month of the Oscar season completely moot?

In the 16 years since the advent of the SAG best-cast prize, six movies have won all three guilds. Five of those six -- American Beauty, Chicago, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, No Country For Old Men, and Slumdog Millionaire — went on to take the Best Picture Oscar. There is, however, one movie that swept the guilds but failed to close the deal at the Oscars: Apollo 13. That Braveheart managed to top it on the big night wasn’t a complete shock, since Apollo filmmaker Ron Howard failed to score a Best Director nod from the Academy. But that one film has to be the lone glimmer of hope for everyone involved with Network. READ FULL STORY

DGA and SAG this weekend: Who will win?

social-networkImage Credit: Merrick MortonOn the heels of The King’s Speech’s surprising win at the Producers Guild Awards, the industry’s two other major guild prizes, the Directors Guild and the Screen Actors Guild, will be handed out this weekend. As is the case with the PGA, there is significant overlap between the other two guilds and the Academy. But don’t expect unanimity in this year’s ultra-tight race. Although Speech director Tom Hooper has a great shot to win the DGA on Saturday night, I’d still say The Social Network‘s David Fincher is the favorite to take home the prize. (The other nominees are Black Swan‘s Darren Aronofsky, Inception‘s Christopher Nolan, and The Fighter‘s David O. Russell.) The SAG nominees for Best Cast, meanwhile, are The King’s Speech, The Social Network, The Fighter, Black Swan, and The Kids Are All Right. Though Speech‘s large, prestigious, and mostly British cast could certainly land the trophy on Sunday, my money is on The Fighter for the win.

Should my predictions come to fruition, it would be the first time three movies split the guilds since 2005. That year, The Aviator won the PGA, Million Dollar Baby took home the DGA, and Sideways was the SAG winner. Interestingly, in that case it was the DGA that ended up presaging the Best Picture winner. So even though it has four fewer overall nominations than The King’s Speech, we shouldn’t count out The Social Network just yet. If Hooper takes the DGA on Saturday, however, then Speech may be a done deal.

Oscars: The wacky way the Academy counts votes, and the results of our 'If You Were an Oscar Voter' poll

oscarImage Credit: ©A.M.P.A.S.Three weeks ago, we asked 2,000 EW.com readers to vote in our Best Picture Oscar poll. Just like the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, you ranked your 10 favorite films of 2010 in order — from No. 1 to No. 10 — and we then tabulated the results using the same complex preferential voting system the Academy has used since 1934 to determine its Oscar nominees. Well, the results are in, and it seems as though EW.com readers and Oscar voters possess strikingly similar tastes. In alphabetical order, the 10 Best Picture nominees selected by EW.com readers were:  READ FULL STORY

'The King's Speech' to get PG-13 re-release?

kings-speechImage Credit: Laurie SparhamNow that The King’s Speech has 12 Oscar nominations, The Weinstein Company is considering ways to translate that ringing industry endorsement into more box-office. According to the Los Angeles Times, TWC is contemplating excising some of the coarse language that earned the film its R rating for a recut PG-13 version that would hit theaters in late February. TWC was upset by the MPAA’s decision to stamp the film with an R, and though the film has grossed $58 million already, there is the feeling that the exclusionary rating has cost the film money. Director Tom Hooper has not yet publicly commented on the proposal to edit the film.

Oscar nominations: The 5 biggest surprises

BiutifulImage Credit: Jose HaroThis morning’s Academy Award nominations ended up going mostly to plan. The King’s Speech with the most nods? Check. Tons of acting love for The Fighter? Check. But a few things caught my eye. Here are my five biggest surprises of the morning.

True Grit places second with 10 nominations Would mega-producer Scott Rudin ever have thought that his Coen brothers Western would earn more overall nods than his other contender, the critics-award-sweeping The Social Network? Thanks to the acting branch’s slight of Andrew Garfield and the inclusion of the Coens in Best Director, Grit ended up scoring two more nominations than Network. READ FULL STORY

Oscar react: David Fincher, Mark Wahlberg and other nominees weigh in

oscar-awardImage Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesAs Hollywood woke up this morning to the news of Oscar’s selections, several newly-christened nominees shared their thoughts:

“Of course I am thrilled to receive an Oscar nomination. As my 3-year-old daughter said ‘Yay!’ I couldn’t put it any better myself.” — Helena Bonham Carter, Best Supporting Actress nominee, The King’s Speech

“It’s so fantastic. I was up most of the night but nodded off and missed my actual announcement. But I got a call right away and lots of text messages from my ex-husband and my family and friends. I knew we were doing good work all along, but I had no idea it would get this kind of affection. The ball started rolling a year ago when it won the world jury prize at Sundance — that’s what made Sony Classics buy it and that’s what got it the attention. I got several text messages from David [Michod, the writer-director] and finally we spoke and he was very excited. He was over the moon!” — Jackie Weaver, Best Supporting Actress nominee, Animal Kingdom READ FULL STORY

Oscar nominations are in: 'The King's Speech' rules with 12 nods

oscar-awardImage Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesThe Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences unveiled its nominations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards. The King’s Speech led the way with 12 nominations, and the Coen brothers’ western, True Grit, scored 10. Check out the list below, follow-up with Dave Karger‘s take, then head over to PopWatch to let us know who you think got snubbed.

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127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone READ FULL STORY

'The King's Speech' wins Producers Guild award

Do we actually have an Oscar race on our hands after all? The King’s Speech won the Producers Guild of America award tonight, beating front-runner The Social Network. In the last three years, the PGA winner went on to win the Academy Award (The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire, and No Country for Old Men), though in the three years before that, the PGA winner ended up losing the big Academy prize. Whatever ends up happening, it’s clear that despite The Social Network‘s critic-award sweep, we actually have a close contest for the Oscar. Other PGA winners included Waiting for “Superman” for documentary and Toy Story 3 for animated film, while Mad Men, Modern Family, The Pacific, and The Colbert Report picked up the TV prizes.

Follow me on Twitter (@davekarger) for all my Oscar predictions and updates.

If You Were An Oscar Voter: Cast your ballot!

oscarImage Credit: ©A.M.P.A.S.Wish you could determine this year’s ten Best Picture nominees? Well, until you become a member of the Academy, here’s the next best option: Vote in EW.com’s Best Picture Oscar poll.

Following the same nomination procedure as the Academy Awards, we’re asking EW.com readers to rank their 10 favorite films from 2010 — in order from No. 1 to No. 10. We’ll then count the ballots (by hand!) using the same preferential-voting system the Academy employs, and announce your Best Picture nominees shortly after the real Oscar nominations are revealed on Jan. 25. We’ll also use your ballots to thoroughly explain the Academy’s complicated nomination process, and why it’s advantageous for a movie to have a small but passionate group of supporters instead of a larger but less passionate group.

So vote with your heart, EW.com readers, and may the best films win!

Update: The poll is now CLOSED. Thank you for the phenomenal response, and feel free to continue discussing the year’s best movies in the comments section below.

Producers Guild nominees: '127 Hours,' 'The Town' in, 'Winter's Bone' out

127-hours-francoImage Credit: Chuck ZlotnickThe Producers Guild of America has announced its nominees for best picture, including all the top Oscar contenders as well as two films that are “on the bubble” for an Oscar nomination: 127 Hours and The Town. Indie favorite Winter’s Bone, meanwhile, was left out. Here are the PGA nominees:

127 Hours
Black Swan
Inception
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit

Could the Academy match the PGA 10 for 10? Maybe. Though I still think Winter’s Bone could squeeze its way in there. But today’s announcement confirms that there are really only 11 films fighting for the 10 Best Picture slots. Check out the other categories after the jump.

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