Natalie Portman’s role in Black Swan has earnt her a Best Actress nomination.
Natalie Portman’s role in Black Swan has earnt her a Best Actress nomination.

Aussies up for golden Oscar

EXCITEMENT is building for the film industry’s night of nights, following this week’s announcement of the Academy Award nominees.

Adding to the excitement of glittering gowns and tearful acceptance speeches is the acknowledgment of Australian talent Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush and Jacki Weaver.

The announcement has caused a stir in Tweed, with film lovers and movie buffs eagerly rushing to place their picks for the top awards.

Cinemax Cinema Kingscliff manager Stephen Buge said there was one stand out contender for the coveted Best Picture award.

“My pick for best movie is The Social Network, because I feel it will do very well and has already won some Golden Globes,” Mr Buge said.

True Grit has also received very good reviews.

“For the Best Actor category I think Jesse Eisenberg may have a chance because The Social Network will do well, Jeff Bridges in True Grit would also be my pick but they do not usually let actors win the same category two years in a row.”

When it comes to the nods given to Australian performers, Mr Buge will be cheering for actress Jacki Weaver.

“I’d love to see Jacki Weaver win. Animal Kingdom did very well in our cinema and a lot of people came to see it. It did fantastic business and was very popular,” Mr Buge said.

“But Jacki is an outsider compared to an international movie star like Nicole Kidman. I think Nicole has a very good chance of winning.”

Birch Carole and Coyle film marketing manager for the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales Belinda Kite said the nominations had acknowledged some fabulous films and performances.

“For Best Actress I would pick Natalie Portman and for Best Actor I would pick Colin Firth. I thought he was excellent in The King’s Speech,” Ms Kite said.

“For Best Picture I would pick The King’s Speech. It’s a tough call as I did like Social Network as well but I think the acting calibre for The King’s Speech could hopefully tip the scales in favour for the win.

“It seems like a very tricky industry in Hollywood. I love that there are Australia talents nominated and would love to see Geoffrey Rush win again.

Christian Bale was excellent in The Fighter and some of the other actors nominated put in some strong performances in their roles.

I will have my fingers crossed for the Aussies on the night though.”

Tweed Theatre Company president Coral Kelly knows a strong performance when she sees one and is also hoping for an Australian victory.

“I hope our Aussie performers win,” Ms Kelly said.

“I’m not sure who I would pick as a winner but The Kings Speech looks fabulous.

“It is very exciting to watch. We always hope our young performers will go on to professional work and some of them already have.”

Actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host the prestigious 83rd Academy Awards ceremony.

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