• Photo courtesy of AllMoviePhoto.comNatalie Portman stars in "Black Swan." Both reviewers loved the movie but doubt it will win the best picture award at the Oscars.<p class='dotPhoto'>All Chico E-R photos are available <a href='http://chicoer.mycapture.com/'>here</a>.</p>

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The Golden Globes have already been held, and even though it”s weeks away, the local movie watchers are already talking about Oscar.

MICHELLE: I”ve got to say, it”s been a pretty great year for movies. Between “Black Swan,” “True Grit,” “The King”s Speech” and “Winter”s Bone” it”s hard to pick a winner. But my money is on “The King”s Speech” for best picture, and Colin Firth for best actor. I”d have to say “Black Swan” and “Winter”s Bone” meant more to me personally, but “The King”s Speech” is classic Oscar fodder and I”d doubt they”d pick a re-make, no matter how well done.

ALLEN: I can”t say I disagree. “Black Swan” was my favorite movie of the year, but I think enough people misunderstood the film that it won”t make it through to a win. “The Kings Speech” is a great film, but not one that broke new ground. That”s the type of film that will likely win.

MICHELLE: I”d put money on Natalie Portman winning best actress, but Jennifer Lawrence should win for “Winter”s Bone.” If you didn”t see this, you missed out. It”s an amazing performance by an actress I”ve never seen before. It”s hard to beat out Portman”s transformational role. Lawrence was more subtle and elegant, and just amazing.

ALLEN: One of the reasons for writing this column is to encourage you to catch up on some great films before the awards. One film you”ve got to rent is “Exit Through The Gift Shop,” a film about underground art made by the underground artist Banksy. It”s up for best documentary and is one of the most fascinating films you”re ever going to see about anything. Since no one knows what Banksy looks like, it”ll be interesting if he wins.

MICHELLE: If he shows. For best director, it”s hard to know who to root for — the Coen brothers or Darren Aronofsky. Either choice has a maverick, a true innovator and someone with an interesting body of work. I”d have to say the Coen brothers are the industry favorites, but they shouldn”t win for a remake that was so much like the original, even though it”s a good movie. It should be Aronofsky, who never fails to be astounding.

ALLEN: Couldn”t agree more. Not much time. Time to catch up.

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