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THE KING’S SPEECH takes Producers Guild Award; SOCIAL NETWORK still Oscar frontrunner?

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 23rd, 2011

So much for getting those “SOCIAL NETWORK wins Best Picture at the Oscars” posts written early.

It goes without saying that the David Fincher film has been the darling of the 2010-2011 awards season. Hell, it may be the biggest understatement one could truly make. However, thanks to the Producers Guild and the PGAs, that may have just changed.

The guild has handed out their awards, and taking home the big prize was the Tom Hooper film, THE KING’S SPEECH, shocking a lot of the awards world, who for lack of any other information, thought THE SOCIAL NETWORK may make it a relative sweep this season.

Now, does this mean that the Oscar race just completely changed? Far from it. SOCIAL NETWORK still has a lot going for it, from great below the line credibility, to the barely discussed preferential balloting scheme, which gives more weight to films that are higher on voter’s respective lists. This could prove to be the swinging aspect in the favor of Fincher’s film, as SOCIAL NETWORK is a massively beloved film. However, apparently so is THE KING’S SPEECH, and despite Fincher’s film taking a lot of previous awards, this writer has a feeling that Oscar may be walking directly into the open arms of Tom Hooper and his fantastic period biopic.

Also winning were TOY STORY 3 and WAITING FOR SUPERMAN for animated and documentary feature, but those are about as big of locks as one could get, so outside of Best Picture, it’s still very much a boring and foreseeable awards season.

What do you think?

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