Roger Ebert announced his Oscar predictions this year on his website. The famous film critic also mentioned the $100,000 Outguess Ebert contest, in which all participants have a chance if they predict the winners more accurately than Ebert himself.
Ebert writes that “when a film becomes the chosen one, its glories trickle down,” and this year’s chosen film is The King’s Speech.
The Chicago Sun columnist predicts that stars Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush will win the awards for Best Leading Actor and Supporting Actor, respectively. Tom Hooper, winner of this year’s Directors Guild Award, will win Best Director for the The King’s Speech as well, Ebert says.
While Ebert expects The King’s Speech‘s David Seidler to snag the award for Best Original Screenplay, he thinks the The Social Network will win the Best Adapted Screenplay. The Social Network could also win the award for Best Film Editing, Sound Mixing, and Music.
Award for Best Leading Actress is predicted to go to Natalie Portman for The Black Swan, for her part as a ballerina who drives herself mad in pursuit of perfection. Ebert explains that the role “had Oscar written all over it.”
While the popular film Inception was not mentioned much in the previous categories, Ebert did include it for Best Visual Effects and Sound Editing. Toy Story 3, another critically acclaimed film, is expected to win Best Animated Feature Film. Teddy Newton's Day and Night, the short animation played before Toy Story 3, is predicted to win the Best Animated Short Film Award.
For other categories, Ebert predicts Quebec film Incendies for best foreign language film, Roger Deakins for Best Cinematography for True Grit, Tim Burton for best art direction for Alice in Wonderland, Adrien Morot for Barney’s Version, and Restrepo for Best Documentary Feature.
Ebert has declared that he will no longer be attending the Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, where he hosts his annual sessions of "Cinema Interruptus,” due to his health condition. However, he will continue his work as a columnist on the Chicago Sun Times, posting his reviews and journals, as a columnist.