Holllywood's biggest night is a couple of days away and the anticipation for who will walk home with an Oscar is increasing. A number of amazing actors, actresses and movies are nominated for the big categories of the night. Here are the predictions of who will win an Oscar for the main categories of the Academy Awards.
The King's Speech is going to dominate at the Academy Awards. The film has won a handful of awards from previous ceremonies, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The film will most likely win for Best Picture and for Best Original Screenplay. Colin Firth's performance as King George VI was remarkable so it's very likely he will walk away with the golden statue.
While Firth deserves this award, it will be a tough battle with his fellow nominees. The category for Best Actor in a Leading Role comprises some of Hollywood's finest actors. Javier Bardem in Biutiful was extremely touching, while James Franco also gave a remarkable performance as Aron Ralston in 127 Hours. Even so, the award will most likely go to Firth.
While Jesse Eisenberg did a great job portraying Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, he is a little young and inexperienced to win an Academy Award. His portrayal of the socially awkward Facebook creator was spot on, but Eisenberg is a fresh face in Hollywood and he has years ahead of him to be nominated for more Oscars, which he will since he is a bright actor.
As for Best Actor in a Supporting Role it is a toss-up between Jeremy Renner for his role in The Town and Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right. Renner's performance amazed most critics and was definitely a highlight of the film. Ruffalo had the difficult task of bringing male energy into the family of a lesbian couple. His performance in the film was outstanding. The Academy Award will likely go to one of these two actors.
Natalie Portman will most likely walk home with the golden statue for Best Actress in a Leading Role. From the moment Black Swan was released critics raved about her fantastic performance as a ballerina. She has already won a number of awards for this role, and if experience has taught us anything, these awards, such as the Golden Globes, predict Oscar winners.
The unsung hero of this category is Michelle Williams for her role in Blue Valentine. Her role as Cindy was extremely realistic in showing the difficulties and troubles modern-day married couples face. It wouldn't be too surprising if the Academy chose to honor her.
It's a shame Mila Kunis is not nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in Black Swan. She would have been the obvious winner. The actresses in this category all deserve to be recognized for their roles. This will most likely be a suspenseful category as it is really difficult to predict whether the award will go to Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter, Melissa Leo, Hailee Steinfeld or Jacki Weaver.
Toy Story 3 will without a doubt win the award for Best Animated Film. The other two nominations, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Illusionist were both great, but Toy Story has become a legendary series.
The category for Best Foreign Language Film will also be an interesting one as the moves nominated are all outstanding. The award will likely go to the Mexican movie Biutiful, but Greece's Dogtooth may also be a front-runner.
Obviously no award can really be predicted. While it may sometimes feel like award shows are foreseeable, they can often catch the audience by surprise. Think back to the Grammy Awards a few weeks ago. The world expected the Best New Artist Award to go to Justin Bieber, but instead it was awarded to Esperanza Spalding.
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are on Sunday, Feb. 28. The Red Carpet show starts at 7 p.m. EST and the awards ceremony will commence at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.