Academy Awards Preview: Colin Firth 'is due' Best Actor award

by Matthew Price and Brandy McDonnell Published: February 25, 2011

The Oklahoman's 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:

Brandy McDonnell: 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.

Matt Price: 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.

Gene Triplett: 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:

Matt Price: I think Best Supporting Actress is the most wide-open category

Gene Triplett: Could be in the supporting actress category. Chat Recap: Oscars Preview

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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