By Paul Sheehan, executive editor of Gold Derby
Just 10 days ago, 'The King's Speech' looked like it would have to abdicate its hope of reigning on Oscar night. It had won no major Best Picture awards. 'The Social Network' was undefeated, from the National Board of Review through the film-critics awards and on to the Golden Globes. And now 'The King's Speech' is considered the front-runner. What happened?
'The King's Speech' staged a palace coup at the guild awards, winning Best Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday night, Best Director at the Directors Guild of America on Saturday night and Best Picture at the Producers Guild of America last week. How did it pull off this sweep?
The answer has to do with the nature of the two types of awards. Virtually all of the trophies won by 'The Social Network' were bestowed by journalists, who notoriously love hip movies with a message and attitude. No sentimentality allowed.