*Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
Bale is the favorite and the winner. Rush will be his main competition for Oscar gold.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
*Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
A pregnant Portman was one of many great highlights of the evening. Her deserved win primes her for a standout year in 2011 full of varied roles that will hoist her to a superstar status.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
*Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter
Firth’s win makes him a front runner for an Oscar. Look for an ignored Jeff Bridges to get an Oscar nomination in this category – a likely occurrence for actors who won the year before (e.g. Penelope Cruz won for Vicky Christina Barcelona then got nominated last year for Nine).
Best Original Song — Motion Picture
"Bound to You," Burlesque
"Coming Home," Country Strong
"I See the Light," Tangled
"There's a Place for Us," Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
*"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," Burlesque
“Light” provided amazing emotion to the best animated feature film nominee thanks to Alan Menken and others, but Diane Warren wins for her song. Two nominations usually give you better odds…just don’t tell that to Johnny Depp.
Best Original Score — Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplot, The King's Speech
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahmin, 127 Hours
*Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer, Inception
Nominee Zimmer also did great work on The Pacific, Despicable Me, How Do You Know, and Megamind. It was impossible to ignore him this year, but, somehow, Reznor and Ross win.