Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
The rawest part of "Speech" is Firth's achingly bleak portrayal of a leader blocked from leading by birth order and his own wayward tongue. It's the actor's time and he deserves it. Wahlberg's naturalistic work was overshadowed by the showboats in his cast; Bridges gives a fine performance but not a career best.
  • Will win
    Colin Firth, The King's Speech

  • Should win
    Colin Firth, The King's Speech

  • Shouldn't be here
    Jeff Bridges, True Grit

  • Was robbed
    Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic
Wesley Morris says ...
By now Colin Firth's excellence as a future king and present stutterer is almost axiomatic. He moved me, even if the movie made me roll my eyes. I prefer Javier Bardem's heroic moroseness and, even better, Jesse Eisenberg's pathological brattiness. He makes Mark Zuckerberg fascinatingly impenetrable without turning him opaque. Eisenberg's usually know-it-all-ness gets a sour reinvention.
  • Will win
    Colin Firth, The King's Speech

  • Should win
    Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

  • Shouldn't be here
    Jeff Bridges, True Grit

  • Was robbed
    Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole