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82nd Academy Awards

Best Picture

Inception

Starring
Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao, and Marion Cotillard
Director
Christopher Nolan
Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
The best thing about a 10-title Best Picture field is that all the year's deserving movies make the cut; the worst is that you still have to nominate 10 movies. "The King's Speech," a perfectly nice royals-have-problems-too piece of period film comfort food, is a tonic for those seeking the old-fashioned verities of class, craft, and uplift. It will win. Yet "Speech" took fewer narrative and artistic risks than any other work in this category – even "Toy Story 3" – and certainly less than the movie that made the story of a computer geek's bright idea into outrageously good cinema.
  • Will win
    The King's Speech

  • Should win
    The Social Network

  • Shouldn't be here
    The King's Speech

  • Was robbed
    None

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic
Wesley Morris says ...
Not everyone likes "The King's Speech," but bad-mouthing it is starting to feel like heresy. People buy the sense of triumph, which means "The Social Network" is doomed. One movie is about the suffering of a rich person. The other is about a rich person who makes other people suffer. With the new weighted voting system, a left-field win is going to happen. If this is the year for that win, that movie is "The Fighter."
  • Will win
    The King's Speech

  • Should win
    The Fighter

  • Shouldn't be here
    The King's Speech

  • Was robbed
    Inside Job

Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
Predicting a winner from the new ten-film field is impossible: The math is completely different. On the other hand, the new "instant run-off" ranked voting system means the movie most Academy members pick as either their No. 1, 2, or 3 choice will take home the prize. A few weeks ago, "Avatar" might have had that spread but lately the guild awards and industry momentum have shifted to "Hurt Locker." If so, posterity just breathed a sigh of relief.
  • Will win
    The Hurt Locker

  • Should win
    The Hurt Locker

  • Shouldn't be here
    Avatar

  • Was robbed
    Bright Star

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic
Wesley Morris says ...
Not only has the Academy fattened the category, it's changed the voting math. Now that ranked tabulating has come into play, an "Avatar" or "Hurt Locker" win isn't so clear-cut. If just enough voters love "Inglourious Basterds" (and many do), look out. Still, despite its experiential awesomeness, "Avatar" fatigue/envy/bewilderment has already set in, and "The Hurt Locker," with its suspenseful men-at-work angle on war, justly wins. Although my heart belong to “Precious.”
  • Will win
    The Hurt Locker

  • Should win
    Precious

  • Shouldn't be here
    An Education

  • Was robbed
    The White Ribbon