ANOTHER YEAR
THE FIGHTER
INCEPTION
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
THE KING’S SPEECH

We can immediately cross out Mike Leigh’s Another Year, as this is his seventh nomination (fifth for screenwriting), and the Academy no longer rewards nominees for longevity or sympathy.  The Kids Are Alright and The Fighter are talky, sometimes witty and have multiple writers, but will ultimately fall a few pages short of the envelope.  That leaves Inception and The King’s Speech, but, as aforementioned, Academy voters refuse to award Oscars to nominees solely to make up for previous years’ denials (unless your name is Scorsese).  While Inception is the most original, and should win, we are confident that David Seidler, author of The King’s Speech, will be taking home the golden statuette.  After all, and in accordance with the last few years in Oscar voting, can the screenplay of the projected Best Picture winner — with the word “speech” in the title — really lose?  We bet not.