Who will win the Oscar?: Roger Ebert makes his predictions

HollywoodNews.com: Film critic Roger Ebert discussed the possible Oscar wins and upsets on his website today. According to Ebert, it’s going to be the year of the King—although that’s not the film he thinks should win.

“If I were still doing “If We Picked the Winners” with Gene Siskel, my preference for best film would be The Social Network. It was not only the best film of 2010, but also one of those films that helps define a year,” Ebert wrote. But he predicts The King’s Speech as the Best Picture winner because, “a British historical drama about a brave man struggling to overcome a disability and then leading his people into World War II looks better to the academy than a cutting-edge portrait of hyperactive nerds.”

Ebert also expects The King’s Speech to upset in the Actor in a supporting role category, predicting Geoffrey Rush as the winner over current frontrunner Christian Bale (The Fighter).

He foresees a similar upset in the Actress in a supporting role category, but not in support of The King’s Speech: “The academy has a way in this category of anointing a plucky young newcomer, and the winner will be Hailee Steinfeld, who in fact played the lead in True Grit, no matter what the academy thinks. Melissa Leo and Amy Adams will split support for The Fighter,” Ebert wrote.

To read more about Ebert’s Oscar picks, head over to his website.

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