Will Ricky Gervais be invited?
This year's best film contenders are a diverse bunch: a dark ballerina film (Black Swan), a cerebral sci-fi action thriller (Inception), a period drama (The King's Speech), a new media morality tale for the 21st century (The Social Network) and a western (True Grit). While each of these works may deserve the title of Best Picture, which film is likely to come out on top?
The King's Speech and Black Swans lead BAFTA nominations with the story of King George VI's battle with his stammer starring Colin Firth receiving 14 nominations, and Natalie Portman's ballet thriller gaining 12. As critic Robert Ebert pointed out in his King's Speech review, "If the British monarchy is good for nothing else, it's superb at producing the subjects of films." In fact, the bookies already have the film set to sweep the board, but we'll have to wait until next month for the award winner to be announced.
The 2011 British Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, exactly two weeks before Hollywood's Academy Awards.