And the Oscar goes to ... Will 'The King's Speech' edge out 'The Social Network' for best picture?

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  • Timothy Benton City, WA
    Feb. 26, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    Not So Fast, I was stationed at Seal Beach for two years in 1972-1974,and then I lived in Santa Barbara from 1978 until 2008;Montecito to be more precise..So,as you might guess,and as Los Angeles is only 100 miles away,I spent an appreciable amount of time in that area..Quite a few of my friends worked in the entertainment industry so I was exposed,on many occasions,to the type of person that I have formely described..This ,of course, is not to take away from the many wonderful people who live and work in SoCal;including Hollywood..So,if this is the last attempt to impugn my character or to question my bona-fides,I will say once again that,after viewing both "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network",That the former is far superior to the latter..I,of course,realize,that young people will be drawn more to a story that they can relate to and understand.. Being perpetually addicted to electronic devices also make many relate to "The Social Network" as a contempory statement..However,it does not make it a good movie..

  • Not So Fast Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2011 5:14 a.m.

    Timothy, I am curious how you know what kind of people are in Hollywood. Is it from the media, from living amongst those in Hollywood or is it from watching movies?

  • Timothy Benton City, WA
    Feb. 25, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    Jason, With all due respect to your well-balanced comments,I must sincerely disagree..I watch probably twenty or thirty new films each year at the cinema(not counting the ones I rent or buy)and have a very eclectic taste in movies.. The point is , I understand a character portrayed in a movie by a particular artist, does not usually represent the artist's personal views..Zuckerberg's behaviour however was not caused by either a social network or technology.. He was a vain,selfish ,self-centered person to start with..He wanted to get into the exclusive clubs on campus,he wanted to be somebody,date the prettiest girls;all in all a social climber..Once again,you are correct in your surmise that I detest those kind of people..Also I never said that only those people who agree with Zuckerberg's mores would vote for this movie..What I said was that Hollywood(the movie industry) has quite a few folks who can understand and embrace this behaviour...Remember,the Academy selected "A Beautiful Mind" over "The Fellowship of the Ring"..One of many winners long forgotten,chosen by a select few..

  • Jason F. Provo, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    Timothy - If we're talking about sheer filmmaking quality (script, cinematography, direction), "The Social Network" is the better film. It's also interesting that you believe that the only people who would vote for "The Social Network" are those who agree with the actions of the main character (or his friends), in spite of the fact that the film is very clear about the fact that it does not condone Zuckerberg's behavior (it's more of a character study as well as a cautionary tale showing how technology, and specifically social networking sites, can alienate and isolate people, leading to the selfish behavior seen in the film.)

    I can't wait for the day when people will realize that the despicable beliefs or actions of a protagonist in a film (or play or book) do not necessarily reflect the beliefs of the artist. (That is to say, depiction of certain behavior is not always equal to a promotion of that behavior.)

    With that said, "The King's Speech" is also an excellent film - and this is one year when I'd be about equally happy if any of about five titles won the award.

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    Feb. 25, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    "Kings Speech" should win by a mile if all is fair in love, war and the oscars. I hope it takes the lot. Such a superb film.

  • Timothy Benton City, WA
    Feb. 25, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    I think "The KIng's Speech" will harvest the Oscar as it clearly is a better film than "The Social Network"...One can never tell though...Hollywood is chocked full of the kind of persons portrayed in "The Social Network"(shallow,selfish, back-stabbing smiling faces),so an upset is entirely possible.."The Kings Speech",well,all I can say is go see it...Do not let the rating hinder you,it is not a naughty movie by any stretch of the imagination and well deserving of all the acclaim it has received..

  • MonaLisa Orem, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 9:09 a.m.

    "The King's Speech" is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. For me, it's one of the few that truly deserves all of the awards it's been receiving.

  • In My Humble Opinion South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 7:49 a.m.

    For supporting actress, 50-year-old Melissa Leo, whose career caught fire in middle age, is favored for "The Fighter," with 14-year-old newcomer Hailee Steinfeld a potential underdog winner for her film debut in "True Grit."

    Hailee Steinfeld was great, but not even the best to ever play that role. How Kim Darby never won an Oscar for that performance I'll never know...

  • windsor City, Ut
    Feb. 25, 2011 6:45 a.m.

    "Will 'The King's Speech' edge out 'The Social Network' for best picture?"

    Well, we can only hope--and that it will also trounce and thoroughly thrash "Black Swan".