Oscars: Surprising similarities in award front-runners

Feb. 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

In this film publicity image released by Fox Searchlight, Natalie Portman is shown in a scene from Black Swan. —AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Niko Tavernise

BY CYNTHIA DICKISON / Minneapolis Star Tribune

As usual, the Oscars are a study in contrasts. Best picture: the cool, cerebral film or the heartwarming tearjerker? The actress races: old hands or fresher faces? Supporting actor: wild-eyed emoter or soft-spoken gentleman?

We decided to go a different route, seeking out common ground among the nominees. In the end, we discovered there’s not really that much difference between “127 Hours” and “Black Swan.”

Boston locale: “The Fighter,” “The Social Network,” “The Town”

Bad mother: “Animal Kingdom,” “Biutiful,” “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Winter’s Bone”

Sad mother: “Blue Valentine,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “Rabbit Hole,” “Toy Story 3,” “Winter’s Bone”

Lesbian scene: “Black Swan,” “The Kids Are All Right”

Someone loses a limb: “127 Hours,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit”

What’s real? What’s not? “Black Swan,” “Inception,” “127 Hours”

People talking about stuff you can’t understand: “Inception,” “The Social Network”

Girl on a mission: “Black Swan,” “True Grit,” “Winter’s Bone”

Family infighting: “Animal Kingdom,” “The Fighter,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The King’s Speech,” “Winter’s Bone”

Abuse of the king’s English: “Animal Kingdom,” “The Fighter,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Town”

Colorful nicknames: “Animal Kingdom,” “The Fighter,” “Winter’s Bone”

Inspired by true events: “The Fighter,” “The King’s Speech,” “127 Hours,” “The Social Network”

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