Oscar Rewrite: 2010


Best Picture: The King’s Speech  The Social Network

The idea of a Facebook movie sounded lame, until Aaron Sorkin wrote it and David Fincher directed. The result was a zeitgeist film that marked 2010 as the tipping point of social media (i.e. Arab Spring) with themes of technological globalization, Winklevozz Twin special effects, firecracker dialogue, precision editing, Trent Reznor score and future players in Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake and Rooney Mara. The trailer’s chilling choral cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” recalls the dark side of the film’s entrepreneurial anti-hero and the global phenomenon he created.

Best Director: Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)

Best Actor: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)

Best Actress: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Fighter)

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo (The Fighter) Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right)

Best Original Screenplay: The King’s Speech  Inception (Christopher Nolan)

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin from a book by Ben Mezrich)

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