The King's Speech and Black Swan. I would be disappointed if the former did not produce a Best Actor Oscar, while the latter, perhaps a Best Actress nomination.
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Susan Boyle had the best selling album, I Dreamed a Dream.
1. Swiss Family Robinson ($20 million)
Avatar (2009, $2.8 billion), Titanic (1997, $1.8 billion) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003 ($1.1 billion). Wow, James Cameron is doing something right!
On this note, I saw two films today:
1. The King's Speech: a true story of stammering King George VI, played by Colin Firth, assisted by a war-educated speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush), the film reminded me of me. I re-lived my stammer and how I coped. I recall in the eighth grade purposefully misspelling a word early in a spelling bee to avoid further embarrassment. As best as I can determine, I overcame this ailment by just gaining confidence in myself. I would predict that Firth will win an Oscar for Best Actor this year. About George VI's older brother, King Edward VIII, I'm still mystified why he abdicated to marry a two-time divorcee, Wallis Simpson (below). I guess it was love!
Black Swan: could also have been called Dark Swan, for this is a disturbing ballet film on mental illness, somewhat reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind, the story of delusional Nobel Laureate John Nash. This could not have been the Natalie Portman whose high school science fair project was entitled "A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar" nor the Harvard graduate nor the actress from the Star Wars prequel...but was, and might well gain an Academy Award nomination. She actually danced much of the role, too. Look for Winona Ryder, but you won't recognize her.
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