On Saturday, we had the Directors Guild of America’s highest honors. And who should’ve won 2010’s best feature film director, but Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech! This was considered something of a shocker, as most critics were sure that this award would go to David Fincher, director of The Social Network.
Then last night, the Screen Actors Guild gave out its set of awards. The biggest award to watch here is Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, which is SAG’s equivalent of Best Picture. The King’s Speech beat out Black Swan, The Fighter, The Social Network and The Kids are All Right to take home this prize.
For the individual acting awards, there were no surprises; both supporting awards went to The Fighter, to Melissa Leo and Christian Bale, and best male and female actors went to Colin Firth and Natalie Portman, respectively.
So, what does this mean for the Oscars? It’s very obvious that this is now a two-horse race, between The King’s Speech and The Social Network, whereas even a few weeks ago, The Social Network had seemed to be a Best Picture lock, having won almost all of the major awards, including the Golden Globes, Critics Choice, National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association (according to Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil in this post). With TKS having won its first major award with the Producers Guild’s Best Picture award just a few weeks ago, there has been a serious shift in momentum here. Now with big wins from the Directors Guild and SAG AND receiving the most nominations for the Oscars (with 12), The King’s Speech has shown that it has what it takes to take home the big prize.
Another interesting note: with the support The King’s Speech has received from SAG, it’s important to remember that the actor’s branch of the Academy is the largest of all the branches. So it’s likely this support from both the actors and directors will translate over to the Oscars.
With just under a month until the big show, there are still a few awards to be given out of note; mainly, the Writers Guild Awards on 2/5 and the BAFTA Film Awards, on 2/13.
Do you think The King’s Speech will overthrow The Social Network? Or does The Social Network still have what it takes to reclaim its title? Leave your thoughts in the comments!