Thursday, February 24, 2011

The 11th Annual Conor Awards

Drum roll please as we announce our winners for 2010's Conor Awards. Unlike the Oscars, I have a good host. Please welcome Mr. Billy Crystal!

He's already better than Anne Hathaway and James Franco. Let's get to the awards...

BEST PICTURE- The King's Speech

Toy Story 3
The Social Network
The Fighter

BEST ACTOR- Colin Firth- The King's Speech

Mark Whalberg- The Fighter
Jesse Eisenberg- The Social Network

BEST ACTRESS- Hailee Steinfeld- True Grit

Natalie Portman- Black Swan
Amy Adams- The Fighter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR- Christian Bale- The Fighter

Tom Hardy- Inception
Geoffery Rush- The King's Speech


Helena Bonham Carter- The King's Speech
Rooney Mara- The Social Network

BEST DIRECTOR- Christopher Nolan- Inception

David O. Russell- The Fighter
Tom Hooper- The King's Speech

For me, The King's Speech really distinguished itself as a great story that was engaging, uplifting and compelling without any explosions, sex or gimmicks. At the core of our Best Picture was a sterling performance by Colin Firth. He was helped by a fabulous supporting cast, but his tremendous skills as an actor made you feel the king's paralyzing stammer. It wasn't hard to pick any of these awards this year because each of the winners truly stood out from the rest. Hailee Steinfeld carried the Coen Brothers' True Grit as the plucky Maddie Ross among some solid veteran company. Christian Bale and Melissa Leo turned in the two best performances in The Fighter, as the two most dysfunctional members of boxer Micky Ward's family. It is hard to believe that the Christian Bale in The Fighter is the same man that I reviewed a few weeks ago in The Dark Knight. As far as the directors, I felt it necessary to recognize a true auteur, Christopher Nolan.

Until next year, kids.

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