With the Academy Awards airing Sunday night, the parlor game du jour is guessing who will win those coveted golden statues. The King’s Speech or The Social Network? Tom Hooper or David Fincher? Street artist Banksy’s Exit through the Gift Shop or the infuriating but excellent Indie Job? Here, we’ve compiled TNR’s reviews of some of the top nominees at this year’s Oscars. Happy reading and red-carpet watching!
“Why The King’s Speech Will Win the Best Picture Oscar,” by David Thomson
“The Biggest Strength of Blue Valentine Is Also Its Biggest Weakness,” by David Thomson
“You Might Want to Watch True Grit—The Whole Thing!—With Your Eyes Closed,” by David Thomson
“The Social Network Is Wonderful Entertainment, but Its Message Is Actually Kind of Evil,” by Lawrence Lessig
“Why Is Everyone So Obsessed With Inception? A Theory.” by David Thomson