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OscarWatch: Ranking the contenders

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Image Credit: Stephen VaughanWe’re now only seven weeks away from the Academy Award nominations, and within in next seven days we’ll hear the New York and Los Angeles film critics’ prizewinners, the American Film Institute’s top 10, and the all-important nominees from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. So where do things stand right now? Here are my rankings in the top six categories. I’m including an extra five contenders for each category so you can see who, in my opinion, is “on the bubble.”

BEST PICTURE

1. The King’s Speech

2. The Social Network

3. Inception

4. Toy Story 3

5. True Grit

6. 127 Hours

7. The Kids Are All Right

8. The Fighter

9. The Town

10. Winter’s Bone

11. Black Swan

12. Another Year

13. Get Low

14. Rabbit Hole

15. The Ghost Writer

Check out the rest of the categories after the jump.

BEST DIRECTOR

1. David Fincher, The Social Network

2. Christopher Nolan, Inception

3. Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

4. Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit

5. Danny Boyle, 127 Hours

6. Ben Affleck, The Town

7. Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right

8. Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

9. David O. Russell, The Fighter

10. Mike Leigh, Another Year

BEST ACTOR

1. Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

2. James Franco, 127 Hours

3. Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

4. Jeff Bridges, True Grit

5. Robert Duvall, Get Low

6. Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine

7. Javier Bardem, Biutiful

8. Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole

9. Michael Douglas, Solitary Man

10. Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception

BEST ACTRESS

1. Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

2. Natalie Portman, Black Swan

3. Lesley Manville, Another Year

4. Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

5. Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right

6. Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

7. Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

8. Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice

9. Gwyneth Paltrow, Country Strong

10. Sally Hawkins, Made in Dagenham

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

2. Christian Bale, The Fighter

3. Andrew Garfield, The Social Network

4. Jeremy Renner, The Town

5. Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

6. Jim Broadbent, Another Year

7. Sam Rockwell, Conviction

8. Bill Murray, Get Low

9. Matt Damon, True Grit

10. John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech

2. Melissa Leo, The Fighter

3. Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

4. Amy Adams, The Fighter

5. Dianne Wiest, Rabbit Hole

6. Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

7. Sissy Spacek, Get Low

8. Ruth Sheen, Another Year

9. Barbara Hershey, Black Swan

10. Mila Kunis, Black Swan

I will post a new set of rankings every Tuesday from now until the Oscars on Feb. 27. In the meantime, follow me on Twitter (@davekarger) for all my Oscar news and updates.

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