Here are my predictions for the main categories of the 83rd Academy Awards:
Actor in a Leading Role: As much as I loved Jesse Eisenberg's performance in The Social Network, I don't think he stands a chance to win, neither does James Franco for 127 hours, or Javier Bardem for Biutiful. I think the main competition is between Colin Firth for The King's Speech and Jeff Bridges for True Grit. I believe Colin Firth will take home the Oscar.
Actor in a Supporting Role: Following his Golden Globe win, I think Christian Bale will take home the Oscar for The Fighter beating his main competitors: Jeremy Renner for The Town and Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech. Mark Rufalo's chances for winning for The Kids Are Alright are slim to none. Who is John Hawkes? From Winter's Bone - when did that come out? Exactly, no chance this obscure film will win.
Actress in a Leading Role: No doubt, Natalie Portman has this Oscar in the bag for Black Swan. The other nominees are not even worth mentioning.
Actress in a Supporting Role: Now this is a tough one. I think Hailee Steinfeld will beat Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, and Helena Carter and win the Oscar for True Grit. Jacki Weaver who? Animal Kingdom - what? when?
Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3 or How to Train Your Dragon? Another tough one, I say the latter.
Art Direction/ Cinematography/ Sound Editing/ Sound Mixing/ Visual Effects: I think Inception will bag all the technical awards. After all, it deserves to after getting zero wins at the Golden Globes.
Costume Design: Again, I think the main contenders are True Grit and The King's Speech. This is a tough one too since both are time period films. I would say True Grit will probably win.
Directing: Christopher Nolan (Inception) got snubbed - shocking! This is the another tough category. I think except for Black Swan, all nominated directors are equally deserving but I believe The King's Speech will win.
Film Editing: I think The Social Network will take home at least one Oscar and it will be this one.
Best Picture: I think the main contenders are True Grit and The King's Speech even though I think The Social Network, Inception, and The Fighter are equally deserving. I believe The King's Speech will win the Oscar.
Adapted Screenplay: I would personally like to see The Social Network win but I think True Grit will bag this Oscar.
Original Screenplay: I personally think Inception should win but The King's Speech will most likely win this one.
See a complete list of the 2011 Oscar nominees at http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/83/nominees.html.
Don't forget to watch the Oscars on February 27th to see whether any of mine or your own predictions come true!