2010 was a really bad year to be an Academy Award nominee, and a great year to be an audience member. Though all the nominees (a whopping ten!) this year were great films, a few stand out from the rest.
- The Social Network
Produced with a seductive, artful brand of undeniable generational appeal, The Social Network is about more than just Facebook: it beautifully depicts the modern adaptation of classic teen angst. Brilliant performances from the fast-talking Jesse Eisenberg and effortlessly cool Justin Timberlake help set this film apart amidst this year's selection of truly spectacular nominees. Lusty and almost dark, The Social Network is a cultural phenomenon delivered at exactly the right moment.
- The King's Speech
From its first few minutes, The King's Speech does not fail to satisfy. Equipped with a remarkable cast, the film unravels itself to become a truly endearing picture. Heartbreaking and triumphant, The King's Speech familiarizes King George VI's struggle to overcome a handicap when his country needed him most.
- Black Swan
This devastatingly beautiful psychological thriller, held together by Natalie Portman's intense and thrilling performance, will make it a memorable pick for IMDB reviewers and ballet fanatics alike. Portman's ballerina's mental struggle for perfection is nothing short of mesmerizing, and the creative special effects complete the film's sense of insanity.
Refreshingly innovative and original, it is difficult to decide where to begin when describing Inception. It's complex, fast-moving story line will keep the viewer glued to the screen, while its stunning cinematography and truly talented cast garner it well-earned reviews.
- True Grit
Led by one of Hollywood's most respected outlaws and a fourteen-year-old girl tougher than nails, True Grit captures the do-or-die motif of the much-loved original American western movie.
- The Kids Are All Right
A movie for modern America, The Kids are All Right is not focused on a lesbian marriage but the picture of a contemporary family – broken, blended, and ultimately whole.
- Toy Story 3
A movie for the kid in all of us, Toy Story 3 is more than a beautifully crafted children's film: it's a celebration of how far animation has come in the past decade.
- The Fighter
Dreaming of greatness, but pushed toward failure by his problematic family, Mark Wahlberg stars in this film chronicling the story of a fighter with heart and talent: Mickey "Irish" Ward. However, lacking dimension and focus, the film falls just short of impressive.
- 127 Hours
Faced with the choice of death or self mutilation, this triumphant flick starring James Franco illustrates the power of human choice; a gut-wrenching film sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
- Winter's Bone
An interesting take on the concept of dysfunctional family, Winter's Bone depicts the plight of one "good apple" growing up amongst rot.