In my mind, the eventual Oscar for Best Picture could go to The Artist, The Help, The Descendants or Hugo. For awhile -- before it was released -- there was a general feeling that Steven Spielberg's The War Horse was built for the prize, but it's not had the reviews, word of mouth or box office needed to make that a reality, and recently was left off of some key guild award lists.
For the record, here's the top-tier award winners tonight:
- Best Motion Picture — Drama: “The Descendants”
- Best Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical: “The Artist”
- Best Director — Motion Picture: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”
- Best Actress — Drama: Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
- Best Actor — Drama: George Clooney, “The Descendants”
- Best Actress — Comedy or Musical: Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”
- Best Actor — Comedy or musical: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist
- Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, “The Help”
- Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
- Best Screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Then there's The Help. Classic Hollywood middlebrow take on an important historical moment, filled with fine performances and a rare female-dominated cast for a picture this size. Could Viola Davis break past Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams in their pitch-perfect historical recreations and, with Octavia Spencer looking like a frontrunner now for Best Supporting, lead the team to victory, even without a Best Director nomination?
Which one is that most compelling combination of spectacle and sentiment that makes a "Most Picture?"