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So many Oscar blogs, and everyone has their own axe to grind!

Here’s where things stand now among films that have been seen, for Best Actor and Best Actress.

Best Actor:

Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”), James Franco (“127 Hours”), Ryan Gosling (“Blue Valentine”), Robert Duvall (“Get Low”), Mark Wahlberg (“The Fighter”), Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Shutter Island”– or — “Inception”), Michael Douglas (“Solitary Man”), Javier Bardem (“Biutiful”), Kevin Spacey (“Casino Jack”)

Best Actress:

Annette Bening (“The Kids Are Alright”), Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”), Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”), Julianne Moore (“The Kids Are Alright”), Michelle Williams (“Blue Valentine”), Patricia Clarkson (“Cairo Time”), Hilary Swank (“Conviction”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”), Sally Hawkins (“Made in Dagenham”), Halle Berry (“Frankie and Alice”)

More names on Monday. And this list doesn’t reflect the still unseen Coen brothers remake of “True Grit,” or James L. Brooks’s “How Do You Know,” Andrew Jarecki’s “All Good Things.”

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  2. Yet again I find a “best actor” list that doesn’t even list the best acting performance of the year – namely Ben Mendelsohn in “Animal Kingdom”. His work in that incredible Aussie import runs rings around EVERYONE on the above “best actor” list, and Sony sent the film’s Academy screeners early and it’s been said that members were blown away by everything about the film. All the word of mouth I’ve been hearing could mean that “Animal Kingdom” will raise some eyebrows at Oscar time, and especially if it cleans up at the IPF Spirit Awards, which it has a really good shot at, and the “Critics Choice” awards as well. And it certainly deserves to do so. I’m crossing my fingers for a miracle…

  3. Roger, you didn’t list Lesley Manville’s beautiful performance in Mike leigh’s Another Year.If you didn’t catch the film at Cannes,Toronto or the NY Film Festival then have the chaps at Sony Classics screen it for you!Lesley isn’t ‘starry’, she’s just a bloody brilliant actress.

  4. Tilda Swinton: I Am Love

    Hilary Swank?? She is one of the worst actresses out there today. Despite 2 Oscars.

    As for the Anne-Jake flick: it is two pretty people with pretty problems.

  5. Roger , I know you love Patricia Clarkson , but she will not win an Oscar nomination ( very small movie with little critical success, already forgotten) . Hilary Swank will not be nominated because people are mainly talking about Sam Rockwell . Sally Hawkins is not getting any buzz whatsoever. And, Halle Berry’s problem she she waited too late to try to bring attention to this film, and try to win another Oscar nomination.

  6. Roger, you forgot about Anne Hathaway. She is absolutely wonderful in “Love And Other Drugs”. Also, Jake Gyllenhaal gives his best performance ( since Brokeback Mountain) in this film. The AFI crowd this week loved the movie and the performances.

  7. I was distinctly underwhelmed by The King’s Speech, although I know Roger loved it.

    I thought the whole thing played out like a quaint Sunday night drama on ITV. I kept waiting for the commercial breaks to interrupt after each dramatic scene.

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