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There's been a lot of talk about the rivalry between "The Social Network" and "The King's Speech" at this year's Academy Awards, and the Best Director battle is no different.

Five worthy filmmakers will vie for their very own Oscar on Sunday night (February 27), but in all likelihood, the race is down to two men: David Fincher of "Social Network" and Tom Hooper of "King's Speech." But who will win? And is there anyone who can stop either one of them?

Check out our analysis of the Best Director race past the jump, and make sure to weigh in with YOUR pick for Best Director in our poll!

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There's this little shindig happening on Sunday — maybe you've heard of it — called the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. It's just a ceremony centered on the most coveted statuette in Hollywood; no big deal.

In a year where every category is fiercely competitive, there is perhaps no race more contentious than Best Picture. David Fincher's "The Social Network" and Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" are currently neck and neck among critics' predictions lists, but the other eight contenders all pose a threat as well. If you happened to enjoy this year's nominees, we thought you might appreciate some suggestions of which movies to explore next.

Get pumped for the big show by checking out these solid alternatives after the jump!

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When it comes to the Best Actor race, no one is stammering about who's going to win.

All signs point to a decisive victory for Colin Firth, who delivered a masterful turn as a stuttering king-in-the-making in Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech," on Sunday night (February 27) at the 2011 Oscars. As a veritable king himself lording over awards season, Firth's virtual sweep is likely to end this Sunday with an exclamation mark, not a stutter.

That's not to say there aren't other deserving candidates in the Best Actor category — candidates that could pull an upset and overcome the seemingly insurmountable Firth, in fact. After the jump, read our analysis and weigh in yourself by voting on YOUR pick for Best Actor!

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If you're looking to know what you can expect during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday (February 27), look no further.

Deadline has posted posted what they claim is an annotated rundown of the Oscars broadcast, which they have dubbed a possible "snorefest."

There's no doubt that if this is the real deal, a few tweaks will be made before the big show, but if you don't want to know most of what's expected to go down with James Franco, Anne Hathaway and a few of their closest friends, go ahead and avert your eyes. Curious Oscar viewers with no cares about spoilers, you may proceed.

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The Oscars are just three days away now, and as the race draws to a close, it feels like it's getting tighter than ever.

In the Best Supporting categories, "The Fighter" co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo were long considered the frontrunners for their categories. Lately, however, some potential spoilers have emerged. And it's like that for a lot of this year's categories — like Best Actress, an award that many believed belonged to Natalie Portman months ago.

But is she really a shoe-in for the top prize? Can someone stand in Portman's way? We're fielding that question past the jump, and asking you to join us by voting on YOUR pick for Best Actress!

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It was about time when the BAFTAs recognized the impact "Harry Potter" has had on the film community, but what about the Oscars?

Over the seven films in the series, "Harry Potter" has earned nine Oscar nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but zero victories. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is up for two awards this Sunday (February 27) -- Best Achievement in Art Direction and Best Achievement in Visual Effects -- and we think it's about time that "Potter" got the recognition it deserves.

After the jump, check out some of the reasons that the Academy should give the "Potter" films a much-earned Oscar.

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Franco and Hathawayby Sterling Wong

Ever since modern day Renaissance man James Franco registered his own Twitter account last week, he’s been keeping us entertained with his frequently random and sometimes bizarre postings.

Franco's Twitter feed got all of us buzzing with extra excitement yesterday for a very Oscar-related reason: the actor, student and whole-bunch-of-other-things posted a short YouTube video of himself and his Academy Awards co-host Anne Hathaway sporting all-black skin-tight leather and teased-up big hair.

Yes, we’re talking about Danny and Sandy from “Grease,” which the duo appear to be paying homage to. Check out the video after the jump!

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We're just days away from Oscar night, and while some watchdogs have already written off this year's winners as practically predestined, we're not so sure.

Take the Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories, for example. Conventional wisdom points to a "The Fighter" sweep with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo taking home their respective awards, but are they really locked in for victory?

We're tackling that question past the jump, and asking you to join us by voting on YOUR pick for the Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories.

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Let’s be honest: in this day and age, the idea of watching an entire 90-minute movie with uninterrupted concentration is almost inconceivable. Certainly not in a world where e-mail, commercials and, of course, Twitter completely rule our lives.

And it gets worse: this year's Oscar ceremony, airing on Sunday (February 27), has ten Best Picture nominees. Ten! It's hard enough to watch an entire movie on its own, and it's downright impossible to expect that you've seen all ten of the big contenders come Oscar night.

But as always, we have a solution. We're marrying our Twitter fixation with the Best Picture problem: we've seen every movie up for the award this year, and to bring you up to speed, we're reviewing each one of them Twitter style. After the jump, get our quick takes on all of the Best Picture nominees — in 140 characters or less, of course!

#BestPictureNominees, engage!

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Franco and HathawayPoor James Franco. Even with his first-ever Academy Award nomination and the best seat in the house at the Kodak Theater on Sunday (February 27), the guy knows he's going home a loser.

But it's not his co-hosting the Oscars with Anne Hathaway that weighs heavy on his mind. In fact, as he put it earlier this month, "If I host the worst Oscar show in the history of the Oscars, like, why do I care?" Rather, it's his belief that he's going to lose the Best Actor Oscar to "The King's Speech" leading man Colin Firth.

Franco and Hathaway spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the fast-approaching show, and the "127 Hours" star put on his most gracious loser face. "Nobody is shy about saying Colin Firth is going to win," Franco said. "I’ve accepted that. By hosting, it makes it easier to go to the events and not feel like a total schmo."

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