Good Morning Oscar, January 14: Who’s Special?

David Fincher and Colin Firth want to know why people are making such a fuss about “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech”

David Fincher doesn't much like awards season, which might explain why he's spent most of it in Sweden filming "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." W sent Lynn Hirschberg to Stockholm to get a few words with Fincher (below), who obliges by telling her, "I hate the awards part of the moviemaking process," and adding that he doesn't even agree with the critics who think his movie brilliantly tells the larger story of our times. "The movie is true to a time and a kind of person," he says, "but I was never trying to turn a mirror on a generation." Besides which, it's "not earthshattering." If word gets out, will all those critics groups want to reconsider? (W)

David FincherYou know who else might agree with Fincher? (Not about "The Social Network," but about movies in general.) Colin Firth, that's who. "The attention we get is completely disproportionate to our importance," Firth told Alex Ben Block at a luncheon that followed his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony. " … [W]e're not getting attention because we are important. We're getting attention because what we happen to do is widely broadcast." (The Hollywood Reporter)

Must we predict every  awards show? Apparently, we must. Or, rather, they  must – I sat this particular one out. But Gold Derby made do without me just fine, assembling the usual panel of pundits to predict Friday night's Critics Choice Movie Awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, a group to which several of the pundits belong. The consensus is that "The Social Network" will win another one, along with Colin Firth and Christian Bale and Natalie Portman and Melissa Leo. Can't say I would have disagreed, had I found the time to chime in. (Gold Derby)

Scott Feinberg, who just loves  making predictions, doesn't even wait for Oscar ballots to be submitted before he attempts to forecast the nominees in 10 top categories. When it comes to Best Picture, he's in the camp that says "The Town" will get in and "Winter's Bone" won't, and he thinks the Oscar directors branch will leave out Darren Aronofsky (!) from the DGA slate to add the Coen Brothers. He's also back to picking Julianne Moore over Michelle Williams in the Best Actress race (really?), Matt Damon over Jeremy Renner for Supporting Actor (boo), and Mila Kunis over Jacki Weaver for Supporting Actress (ditto). He promises to add the rest of the categories as well, and I'm sure we won’t have to wait long. (

Maybe you love "Black Swan" and maybe you hated it, but have you really, really thought about it? Like, obsessed about it, to the point where you try to come up with theories that explain all the loose ends and make sense of the strange relationships? David Chen has, and he presents a few of those theories involving the bizarre dynamic between Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) and her mother (Barbara Hershey). From paranoid schizophrenia and psychotic breaks to sex and more sex, it'll give you something to mull over if you've seen the movie and you're so inclined. I will say, though, that I just checked the screener, and the reader who spins an elaborate and fanciful theory about Nina and her mom is very much mistaken about the climactic piece of evidence for his main theory (look under "Reason 5"). What he thought he saw (Hershey's face) is not what's onscreen (Portman's face). Oh well. (SlashFilm)