And the winner might be...
I'm not a gambling man but I'll be tempted to have a flutter on this year's Oscars®. If you want to win big then read on for this year's hot tips.*
Before laying my predictions out I will, however, point out that this year I've based them on the Academy's voters just doing the right thing, as opposed to giving all of the glittery statues to James Cameron because his film had the most giant blue aliens.
Coincidentally, that wasn't a dig at Avatar. It was a rocking good time. No, my rationale is that this is the chance for the Hollywood glitterati to prove the Oscars® aren't just a chance to pat themselves on the back for reinventing the industry, have a weep and grab a designer goody bag.
Anyhow, without further ado, my selected predictions are ...
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Waltz (Inglourious Basterds). Creepy and comical, a great turn.
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz (Nine). It's the nearest thing to Daniel Day Lewis getting an award, which should be an annual occurence regardless.
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart). C'mon, he's The Dude and it's well earned.
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan (An Education). If you've not seen it, do.
Best Animated Feature: The Secret of Kells. Big up the EIFF feature, but shouldn't Avatar be in here?
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker). I honestly think she can beat JC here.
Best Foreign Language Film: Un Prophète. Harsh, at times shocking but incredible.
Best Visual Effects: Shark in Venice. Knocks Avatar for six. Check it out here. A year late and only available on DVD but heyho.
Best Film: An Education. Well, I can dream.
*Please, if you are foolish enough to wager huge amounts of cash on movie awards, remember that you should, in reality, back anything to do with Avatar. Probably.