In a 2.25 Oscar Picks column, The New Yorker‘s Richard Brody recalls Pauline Kael‘s famous comment after the 1972 Presidential election: “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.” So it is, says Brody, with the people who’ve voted for The King’s Speech for Best Picture: “I don’t know anyone who feels that way about the movie, but plenty of them must be [out there].
“The Social Network thoroughly deserves the Best Picture Oscar; based on the Academy’s record, that fact alone suffices to bet against it. It’s divisive in a way that The King’s Speech isn’t (but should be). British monarchs are to the big screen what kittens are to the computer screen.”