||UP: Danny Boyle, 127 Hours. More mostly great reviews and his usual round of completely charming interviews.
||DOWN: Tyler Perry, For Colored Girls. A love letter from Manohla is nice, but not many others liked the movie as much as she did.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan; Danny Boyle, 127 Hours; David Fincher, The Social Network; Tom Hooper, The King's Speech; Christopher Nolan, Inception.
||UP: James Franco, 127 Hours. According to critics, he makes the cut, hacks it, pulls it off, etc.
||DOWN: Colin Firth, The King's Speech. Franco's coming up fast — can Firth make it through the weekend with his front-runner status intact?
|CURRENT PREDIX: Javier Bardem, Biutiful; Jeff Bridges, True Grit; Robert Duvall, Get Low; Colin Firth, The King's Speech; James Franco, 127 Hours.|
|Best Actress ||UP: Rachel McAdams, Morning Glory. "In order to become a Best Actress contender this year, you have to play a character who suffers through anguish and misery," notes Jeff Wells. "But if you didn't have to do that, Rachel McAdams' irrepressible, never-say-die Morning Glory character could leap right in."||DOWN: Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs. Not a single vote from the Gurus of Gold this week.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right; Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole; Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone; Lesley Manville, Another Year; Natalie Portman, Black Swan.
|Best Supporting Actor
||UP: John Hawkes, Winter's Bone. Hey, why the hell not? wonders Steve Pond.
||DOWN: Ed Harris, The Way Back. Will his movie's late New York opening hurt his chances?
|CURRENT PREDIX: Christian Bale, The Fighter; Armie Hammer, The Social Network; Ed Harris, The Way Back; Sam Rockwell, Conviction; Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech.
|Best Supporting Actress
||UP: Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right. Tom O'Neil demands that she forget about the lead category and campaign for a supporting Oscar. It's hers to lose if she wants it!
||DOWN: Everybody in For Colored Girls. Some respectful reviews for the performances, but nobody seems very nominatable here.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Helena Bonham-Carter, The King's Speech; Melissa Leo, The Fighter; Miranda Richardson, Made in Dagenham; Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit; Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom.