The Academy Awards

Sunday is Oscar night, and for the first time in ever-so-long, I am up with quite a few of the movies that are up for awards.  My recommendation and prediction:  Give all of the major awards to The King’s Speech. If there are any statues left over, give them to True Grit.

What films are you pulling for?    Give your predictions of the winners.

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About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

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  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I just don’t get why so many Americans are so fascinated with meta-entertainment.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I just don’t get why so many Americans are so fascinated with meta-entertainment.

  • thirddayfreak

    I am voting for Inception, but we’ll see if they just brush past Christopher Nolan again and give all the votes to The Kings Speech and True Grit, as you are predicting.

  • thirddayfreak

    I am voting for Inception, but we’ll see if they just brush past Christopher Nolan again and give all the votes to The Kings Speech and True Grit, as you are predicting.

  • DonS

    I am just hoping that the host, hostess, and other presenters and awardees get through the evening without unduly embarrassing themselves, and without injecting the ceremony with tasteless leftist politics.

  • DonS

    I am just hoping that the host, hostess, and other presenters and awardees get through the evening without unduly embarrassing themselves, and without injecting the ceremony with tasteless leftist politics.

  • http://www.oldsolar.com/currentblog.php Rick Ritchie

    I have seen six of the ten best picture nominees. (I just saw Inception last night and it greatly exceeded my expectations. Though those were low.) Every time I watch another, I realize that my opinion would have been premature had it not included that picture. The best picture nominee list will often convince me that a year that I thought was a cinematic wasteland actually offered a few gems, when I go to see the most promising ones.

    My own reason for liking meta-entertainment is that I like Hollywood history. My favorite portions are montages of great scenes and lifetime achievement awards. They don’t always do these well. When they are good they can be very good. You can often figure out early on whether the show is worth sticking with or not. I usually watch the beginning of the show, and I stick it through perhaps half the time. I also use the show to fill my Netflix queue, often with the foreign nominees, like 1998′s “Central Station,” or 2004′s “Les Choristes,” or 2005′s “Sophie Scholl — The Final Days.”

  • http://www.oldsolar.com/currentblog.php Rick Ritchie

    I have seen six of the ten best picture nominees. (I just saw Inception last night and it greatly exceeded my expectations. Though those were low.) Every time I watch another, I realize that my opinion would have been premature had it not included that picture. The best picture nominee list will often convince me that a year that I thought was a cinematic wasteland actually offered a few gems, when I go to see the most promising ones.

    My own reason for liking meta-entertainment is that I like Hollywood history. My favorite portions are montages of great scenes and lifetime achievement awards. They don’t always do these well. When they are good they can be very good. You can often figure out early on whether the show is worth sticking with or not. I usually watch the beginning of the show, and I stick it through perhaps half the time. I also use the show to fill my Netflix queue, often with the foreign nominees, like 1998′s “Central Station,” or 2004′s “Les Choristes,” or 2005′s “Sophie Scholl — The Final Days.”

  • Grace

    We will most likely watch the last part of the AA’s – hoping “The King’s Speech” wins.

    The whole AA presentation isn’t as popular in southern CA. as it once was – it’s been turned into a tawdry performance.

  • Grace

    We will most likely watch the last part of the AA’s – hoping “The King’s Speech” wins.

    The whole AA presentation isn’t as popular in southern CA. as it once was – it’s been turned into a tawdry performance.

  • Tom Hering

    Sorry, Rick Ritchie, no montages this year. But there will be Mominees (sic).

    The Oscars are only as good as the movies. The years ahead look less than promising.

  • Tom Hering

    Sorry, Rick Ritchie, no montages this year. But there will be Mominees (sic).

    The Oscars are only as good as the movies. The years ahead look less than promising.

  • Larry H

    I really liked The Fighter, multiple great performances and based on a true story.

  • Larry H

    I really liked The Fighter, multiple great performances and based on a true story.

  • Grace

    Larry –

    The reviews state that it is full of profanity, nudity and sex – performance ? -

  • Grace

    Larry –

    The reviews state that it is full of profanity, nudity and sex – performance ? -

  • Larry H

    Grace,
    I like all that stuff, but other than quite a bit of profanity, it contained none of that. Profanity doesn’t bother me unless someone is taking the Lord’s name in vain, but I don’t remember if they did that or not.

  • Larry H

    Grace,
    I like all that stuff, but other than quite a bit of profanity, it contained none of that. Profanity doesn’t bother me unless someone is taking the Lord’s name in vain, but I don’t remember if they did that or not.

  • tammy

    “bloody” is considered profanity in Europe. All the movies we see these days have elements of all those sins.

  • tammy

    “bloody” is considered profanity in Europe. All the movies we see these days have elements of all those sins.

  • Deb

    I think the major categories will probably go to movies other than Inception, but when it comes to the smaller categories like film editing, visual effects, original score, sound mixing, that’s where Inception will most likely show up. This way Inception gets some Oscars, just as it rightly deserves to, without upsetting all the simpletons who continue to complain that it was to complex and that they couldn’t follow the plot. The unfortunate outcome will be yet another year’s snub by the academy toward Christopher Nolan.

  • Deb

    I think the major categories will probably go to movies other than Inception, but when it comes to the smaller categories like film editing, visual effects, original score, sound mixing, that’s where Inception will most likely show up. This way Inception gets some Oscars, just as it rightly deserves to, without upsetting all the simpletons who continue to complain that it was to complex and that they couldn’t follow the plot. The unfortunate outcome will be yet another year’s snub by the academy toward Christopher Nolan.

  • Deb

    BTW: In Yahoo’s current user poll, Inception has been selected to win 8 oscars. Obviously, the expert picks don’t align here, and I’ll be surprised if it gets more than 3. It is interesting nonetheless.
    http://oscars.movies.yahoo.com/nominees

  • Deb

    BTW: In Yahoo’s current user poll, Inception has been selected to win 8 oscars. Obviously, the expert picks don’t align here, and I’ll be surprised if it gets more than 3. It is interesting nonetheless.
    http://oscars.movies.yahoo.com/nominees

  • Simone

    The King’s Speech! It was amazing. I absolutely loved True Grit as well. The King’s Speech deserves best picture, best actor, and best supporting actor, but best supporting actress should go to Hailee Steinfeld.

  • Simone

    The King’s Speech! It was amazing. I absolutely loved True Grit as well. The King’s Speech deserves best picture, best actor, and best supporting actor, but best supporting actress should go to Hailee Steinfeld.

  • DonS

    How about that F-bomb? Classy lady. She says her vocabulary is filled with the “English vernacular”. I guess.

    It’s hard to imagine a more vain and shallow land than Hollywood.

  • DonS

    How about that F-bomb? Classy lady. She says her vocabulary is filled with the “English vernacular”. I guess.

    It’s hard to imagine a more vain and shallow land than Hollywood.

  • Grace

    The AW were much more sophisticated then in the past,……but then the “f” bomb was launched. It never changes!

    “The Kings speech” won all the way, the rest was embarrassing!

  • Grace

    The AW were much more sophisticated then in the past,……but then the “f” bomb was launched. It never changes!

    “The Kings speech” won all the way, the rest was embarrassing!

  • thirddayfreak

    Yay for Inception getting 4 awards! =D

  • thirddayfreak

    Yay for Inception getting 4 awards! =D


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