The Big Four 2011 Oscar Picks

by Eric Melin on February 24, 2011

in Features

Here’s my picks for Best Actor, Actress, Director, and Picture at the 2011 Academy Awards Sunday night Feb. 27. This segment originally aired on KTKA-49.

Here’s the extended 30-minute episode where I pick more categories with co-host Trevan McGee.

Here’s my feature on the acting performances you must see before Sunday night.

Don’t forget to pick your winners and WIN BIG Sunday night by coming to the 2011 Oscar Watch Party Potluck.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Ryan February 25, 2011 at 12:07 am

Great call on Social Network, needless to say I’m keeping my fingers crossed even though Black Swan remains my favorite film. I hope they don’t go with King’s Speech. It’s better to encourage film makers to take chances and make the films they love rather than than go for the easy bunt. Don’t get me wrong King’s Speech is a fantastic film but, I just can’t say it’s something I’ve never seen before. It’s not even a film I will have to remind others to watch again 10 years down the road.


2 Eric Melin February 25, 2011 at 10:30 am

Ryan- I have to confess. This video was filmed one day after the nominees were announced. The Social Network is my favorite film of the year (Black Swan my second), but at this day in the game, my pick is The King’s Speech. It just has too much press, momentum, box office, and word of mouth support because it pulls all the heartstrings while TSN was an intellectually stimulating film instead. That, and Weinstein knows how to work an Oscar campaign like no other…sad but true.


3 James February 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Its a real shame. I’d like to think Social Network can pull off an upset, but I just don’t see it happening. How the tables have turned. I mean I was okay with something changing up the race just to make it interesting, but did it have to be The King’s Speech? Just about any other film in the Best Picture category would be a more adventurous pick for Picture. The King’s Speech is a good film, but certainly not the best. Sadly the Academy(high school, but with grown ups) don’t always go with the best.

I mean The Social Network deals with traditional ideas, just put within modern day context. You don’t need a Facebook account to understand or enjoy it. Its not overly glamourized with sex and drugs. This isn’t Alpha Dog. Surely these Academy Award members were young once before and understand the insecurities and ambitions of these characters. So why is there such a division? Did the members watch their screeners? The Academy’s been agreeing with the critics groups for the last few years, but is this because its the “Facebook Movie”.

I mean if they have to pick some traditional films, go with True Grit or The Fighter. This obsession with british royalty is beyond me as opposed to picking truly great American stories. In a year where innovative films like Inception and Black Swan get nominated, it goes to show you how the Academy has taken some steps forward over the years, but also has taken some back if The King’s Speech were to win picture. As I said before its a relatively good flick that is unoffensive and will be remembered……okay it won’t be remembered for too long, but that’s the problem.

If The Social Network wins Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing, but not Best Picture, I’ll be speechless(no pun intended). Those categories alone should lead it to a Picture win.


4 Eric Melin February 27, 2011 at 2:02 am

James- The Academy has been pretty risky in the last 3 years wih No Country, Slumdog and Hurt Locker, so who knows? Maybe they’ll surprise us (he said hopefully but with the sad resignation of inevitability). I think its also possible (after his DGA win) that Hooper might pick up director.


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