entertainment staff - writers Brandy McDonnell and Gene Triplett, along with Features Editor Matt Price - answered questions from readers in today's Academy Awards preview chat, gearing up for the 83rd Oscars this Sunday. Read the entire chat recap here.
On who will win the Best Actor award at the Oscars:
I'd be shocked if Colin Firth didn't win. Particularly strong competition this year. [Javier] Bardem already has an Oscar, [Jesse] Eisenberg and [James] Franco cancel each other out, and [Jeff] Bridges really ought to be in the supporting race.
Colin Firth is almost certainly your winner. If you like to bet longshots, James Franco. But Firth is as much of a lock as you're likely to see in a major category.
Colin Firth is due. He should have won for A Single Man last year. He'll beat Jeff Bridges to the draw this time out.
On any award categories that could have a surprise winner:
I think Best Supporting Actress is the most wide-open category
Could be in the supporting actress category. There's some pretty tough competition there. I favor Melissa Leo.
Of the major categories, I'd say supporting actress also. I'd love to see Melissa Leo win.
On whether "The Social Network" is getting overlooked by "The King's Speech:"
I wouldn't say overlooked. I think SN will get some key Oscars, like director and score. But the momentum has swung toward King's Speech in the past few weeks. King's Speech is more of a film that people can get behind. It's an inspirational feel-good film.
Sometimes a late opener like The King's Speech comes along and seems a sexier or fresher pick. I think they are both fantastic movies, and it won't be a bad thing if either one of them wins.
A lot of people are thinking that way, but I'm going to place a risky bet on Social Network. It's so timely. Most Academy voters are probably on Facebook by now.