Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
Warning to Oscar-pool entrants: Conventional wisdom could very well prevail here and Natalie Portman could win. I'm going out on a limb to guess that the Academy's older crowd, put off by the horror trimmings of "Black Swan," will reward one of their own, the much-nominated Bening, in a frisky L.A. story.
  • Will win
    Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

  • Should win
    Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

  • Shouldn't be here
    Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone

  • Was robbed
    Lesley Manville, Another Year

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic
Wesley Morris says ...
Poor Annette Bening. Her ongoing inability to win one of these statues – 10 nominations for "Bugsy," not one for her! – casts dubiousness over the entire affair. This appears not to be her year, either, despite another superb feat of sugar-free acting. Natalie Portman lost weight to play a character who loses her mind and will win an Oscar. America loves her. But, playing a mad mom, Nicole Kidman's gives good grief.
  • Will win
    Natalie Portman, Black Swan

  • Should win
    Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

  • Shouldn't be here
    Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

  • Was robbed
    Anne Hathaway, Love & Other Drugs