What do AFI and Critics' Choice pics say about the Oscar race?
With the American Film Institute and the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. both announcing their top 10 lists in the last 24 hours, a clearer picture is emerging of what the Academy Awards' 2011 top 10 pictures will look like.
The two lists were virtually identical; the only discrepancy between the two were "The Kids Are All Right" and "The King's Speech." AFI didn't nominate the Colin Firth-starrer because it's a British film, but the film society did reward the movie with a special award. In its place on the AFI list was Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right."
That film was left off the BFCA's Critics' Choice awards, which chose "King's Speech," over "Kids."
The nine films that were consistent between the two were "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "127 Hours," "The Social Network," "The Town," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit," and "Winter's Bone."
It's a bit of a surprise that "The Town," made it onto both top 10 lists. The Ben Affleck-directed film had been settling into more of a distant possibility for recognition. Now, whether it maintains its momentum going into the Oscar noms in late January remains to be seen. One indicator could well be Tuesday's early-morning Golden Globe nominations.
-- Nicole Sperling
Photo: Ben Affleck, left, and Chris Cooper in "The Town." Credit: Claire Folger / Warner Bros.