The In Contention Readership Ballot

Posted by · 10:20 am · February 27th, 2011

Today’s the big day. No more Oscar Guide, no more polls, just a few choice hours left in the season and then, the 83rd annual. (And not a moment too soon.)

I appreciate everyone participating in the daily polls this month and last, which accompanied each of our Oscar Guide entries. It offers us a nice glance at the majority opinion of how the race SHOULD go down, so I’m happy to offer up, for the second-straight year, the In Contention Readership Ballot.

There were a handful of frisky choices this year, though not too many. Your big winners were Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” and David Fincher’s “The Social Network” (which is owed Best Picture by your estimation).  Both films racked up five of your wins.  Nothing else was close. And, interestingly enough, the film likely to walk away with the most awards tonight? It only deserves one prize in your book: Best Actor.

Check out the ballot after the jump, and good luck to your favorites tonight.

Best Picture
“The Social Network”

Best Director
David Fincher, “The Social Network”

Best Actor
Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”

Best Actress
Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, “The Fighter”

Best Supporting Actress
Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“The Social Network”

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Best Art Direction

Best Cinematography
“Black Swan”

Best Costume Design
“I Am Love”

Best Film Editing
“The Social Network”

Best Makeup
“The Wolfman”

Best Music (Original Score)
“The Social Network”

Best Music (Original Song)
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours”

Best Sound Editing

Best Sound Mixing

Best Visual Effects

Best Animated Feature Film
“Toy Story 3”

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Documentary (Feature)
“Exit Through the Gift Shop”

Best Documentary (Short Subject)
“Poster Girl”

Best Short Film (Animated)
“Day & Night”

Best Short Film (Live Action)
“God of Love”

[Photo: Columbia Pictures]

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  • 1 2-27-2011 at 11:20 am

    brian said...

    This would be perfection, minus one thing: Deakins (but that would be taking into account his 0-8 record; without that in account I’d saw Libatique as well).

  • 2 2-27-2011 at 11:47 am

    Michael said...

    I like our ballot a lot! Our winners are destined to be a lot cooler than the Academy’s picks but that is how it almost always goes.

  • 3 2-27-2011 at 12:07 pm

    DylanS said...

    Brian: I agree, but in this Oscar “dream world”, I think we can agree that Deakins would already have at least two on his mantle, the first for “Shawshank” and the second for “Jesse James”. I also wouldn’t argue with anybody suggesting one for “Fargo”.

  • 4 2-27-2011 at 12:39 pm

    Speaking English said...

    DylanS: the first for “The Man Who Wasn’t There” and the second for “Jesse James,” I’d say.

  • 5 2-27-2011 at 12:53 pm

    James C said...

    It will be nice to see Deakins finally win for his good work, but once again I consider this more of a career achievement. Its no where near his best.

  • 6 2-27-2011 at 12:58 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Maybe it’s not his best, but then again he’s not competing with his best this year. Out of the five nominees, I’d argue he deserves it most purely for the work on display.

  • 7 2-27-2011 at 1:47 pm

    DylanS said...

    Speaking English: Agree to dissagree on comment #4. I don’t think anything but “Shawshank” should have won for Cinematography in 94, it’s truly some of Deakins finest and subtlest work. In 2001, while “Man Who Wasn’t There” is Deakins in prime form, I’d give the Oscar to Delbonnel for “Amelie” in an absolute walk, I consider that the achievement in Cinematography of the decade, except for mabye “Jesse James”.

  • 8 2-27-2011 at 1:59 pm

    Speaking English said...

    ***I don’t think anything but “Shawshank” should have won for Cinematography in 94***

    I direct you to “Three Colors: Red.”

  • 9 2-27-2011 at 2:20 pm

    Nelson said...

    Next year see if you can make a Best Picture poll that is weighted with 1-10 rankings like the real version :)

  • 10 2-27-2011 at 3:51 pm

    DylanS said...

    Speaking English: I actually agree with you entirely on that, I was reffering only to the films that were actually nominated. In which case “Shawshank” should have won.

  • 11 2-27-2011 at 4:51 pm

    Plainview said...

    Oh, this would be perfection indeed. Specially the part about TKS only getting the only award it deserves.

  • 12 2-27-2011 at 10:34 pm

    Speaking English said...

    DylanS: “Three Colors: Red” WAS nominated, though!

  • 13 2-28-2011 at 1:42 pm

    DylanS said...

    That’s embarassing on my part. I was looking at 94 cinematography nominees, but I guess I wasn’t looking that closely, haha. Anyway, thank God BOTH were nominated, top two cinemaography achievements of that year. I’d still be a close one for me personally, I think we can both agree that the nominations were deserved. I still can’t believe I missed “Three Colors: Red”, I’m usually more well-informed on my Oscar history than that.