The biggest Oscar upsets
The King's Speech, The Social Network
“The King’s Speech” tops “The Social Network” – Another case of an ostentatious period picture winning out over a far superior film. There’s no question that Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” is a well acted and enjoyable drama, but the film doesn’t come close to matching director David Fincher’s pitch-perfect Facebook saga “The Social Network.” If the Best Picture win by “The King’s Speech” demonstrated one thing, it was the aging Academy membership has a serious bias towards stuffy prestige pictures. Why recognize a film that is both technically and dramatically superior (and offers legitimate commentary on the age we live in) when you can give the award to a movie about a long-dead stuttering aristocrat who overcomes his own shortcomings? That Fincher -– one of the most talented and innovative filmmakers working in Hollywood -- still doesn’t have an Oscar is an oversight the Academy must rectify.