- Best Director
Backup Pick : Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan. Boldness. That's the word for the direction of the film. Because you can't make a film like this without wanting to create something spectacular that makes a statement. And Aronofsky does, indeed, put out a strong statement about competitiveness.
Most deserving : David Fincher for The Social Network. Difficult to driect. I was completely convinced the movie would be junk before I saw it. It's nice to be proven wrong. And I just can't give this film enough praise.
- Best Adapted Screenplay
Backup Pick : True Grit by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen from True Grit by Charles Portis. Because of the classic John Wayne film of the same name, the scrutiny would be very intense. The screenplay holds more to the novel than the first film but it's in no way any less good than the original film. It's an excellent Western (Hollywood needs more westerns), but the Coen brothers have their adapted screenplay Oscar already and it was for a better adaptation.
Most deserving (My pick): Toy Story 3 by Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich; characters based on Toy Story and Toy Story 2. The academy changed the award specifications so that the award would encompass remakes and character re-uses too. So in that case, Toy Story 3 falls under it. It's a trilogy, difficult for the third movie to live up usually. As good as The Social Network is, there is a book to base upon. The characters aren't new in Toy Story but the story is. And it's a great story which appeals to both adults and children. It should win but won't most likely.
- Best Original Screenplay
Backup Pick : The Kids are all Right by Lisa Cholodenko and Lisa Blumberg. If emphasis was placed on 'original', then this story about two mothers, their children and the meeting of their sperm donor is as original as you get. It's like nothing else ever written.Yet.
Most deserving (My pick): The Fighter by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson. I just really like boxing movies.