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Oscar derby update: Front-runners to win best picture

September 8, 2010 |  8:37 am

Now that some of the top Oscar contenders have been spied at the Telluride and Venice Film Festivals, it's time to take a snapshot of the derby track for best picture. Below are the 15 front-runners for the 10 slots in the lead race, plus a rundown of other ponies in the contest.

Kings speech the social network

Steve Pond (The Odds, The Wrap) correctly predicted last year that "The Hurt Locker" might end up winning. Now he's forecasting "The King's Speech." Most other pundits believe "The Social Network" is out front. Keep in mind that many top contenders still haven't been seen, like Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter," James L. Brooks' "Everything You've Got" or "How Do You Know" (title still uncertain), Joel and Ethan Coen's "True Grit," David O. Russell's "The Fighter" and Edward Zwick's "Love and Other Drugs."

Gold Derby will be at the Toronto Film Festival later this week to report the latest industry and media reax to derby rivals.

"Another Year"
"Black Swan"
"Blue Valentine"
"Everything You've Got" (or "How Do You Know")
"The Fighter"
"The Kids Are All Right"
"The King’s Speech"
"Love and Other Drugs"
"Never Let Me Go"
"127 Hours"
"The Social Network"
"Toy Story 3"
"True Grit"

"How to Train Your Dragon"
"The Tempest"
"The Town"
"The Tree of Life"
"The Way Back"
"Winter's Bone"

Left photo: A scene from "The King's Speech." Credit: Weinstein Co.

Right photo: A scene from "The Social Network." Credit: Columbia Pictures

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secretariat, i believe, is a shoe-in for

Best Actress (Diane Lane)...if Sandra could win, Diane can at least be nominated for this kind of a performance

Best Supp Actor (John Malkovich)

Best Picture

Best Costumes

and maybe a sound category

I believe that How Do You Know will be a good movie and worhy of winning best picture. It is another James L. Brooks movie, the genius behing Terms of Endearment and one of my absolute favorite movies, As Good As it Gets. Both of these pictures have won Academy Awards and I won't be surprised if How Do You Know does as well.

Everything You Got a front runner ? With your male leads Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd ? No way. And I'm on the fence with True Grit. That may go over like Burn After Reading. Well liked by audiences but not enough. Not feeling it for Never Let Me go as well. Bore fest.

I think The Way Back is a throw back ( no pun ) in that there are way too many talented people involved ( in front of and behind the camera ) and stories like this aren't even made anymore, hence a few distributors balking on the film saying " we don't make films like this anymore ". I think The Way Back will grab people. Peter Weir is back !
Secretariat could squeeze in there as well. One of the best sports stories of all time.



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