The King's Speech will lead Sunday night with seven Academy Awards. Inception will score more statuettes than The Social Network. Alice in Wonderland will make some magic.
Wanna see what we came up with?
Picture: The King's Speech, 'cause not even Charlie Sheen could deny this reality.
Actor: Javier Bardem, Biutiful—'cause every ballot should feature at least one Hail Mary pick.
Actress: Natalie Portman, The Black Swan—'cause even No Strings Attached made money. (Translation: This is her year.)
Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech—'cause this isn't the Hail Mary pick you think it is.
Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter—'cause we couldn't quite talk ourselves into Hailee Steinfeld.
Director: David Fincher, The Social Network—'cause we have a suspicion that Tom Hooper isn't famous enough to win for The King's Speech.
Original Screenplay: The King's Speech, 'cause without the screenplay Colin Firth would be speechless.
Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network, 'cause Aaron Sorkin rarely loses a war of words.
Animated Feature: Toy Story 3. 'Nuff said.
Foreign-Language Film: Biutiful, 'cause Julia Roberts' campaign to get Bardem a nod presumably resulted in getting viewers (and voters) for this Mexican downer.
Art Direction: Inception, 'cause we figure Alice in Wonderland will get dinged for being too virtual world-y.
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland, 'cause if Johnny Depp's get-up isn't the definition of costume design, we don't know what is.
Original Song: "Coming Home," Country Strong—'cause, one, we can't believe how not good the Randy Newman Toy Story entry is, and, two, we believe Gwyneth Paltrow is on a roll.
Original Score: The King's Speech, 'cause right around this point on the ballot we figure tuckered-out Oscar voters take the path of least resistance, and go for the frontrunner.
Film Editing: The King's Speech. (Ditto.)
Cinematography: The King's Speech. (Tritto.)
Makeup: Barney's Version, 'cause, according to our Luke Y. Thompson, The Way Back is out of place here, and according to us, the universe will not allow The Wolfman to win as many Oscars as Toy Story 3.
Sound Mixing: The King's Speech, the same Atlantic article reminded us how crucial sound is to a movie about a speech.
Visual Effects: Inception, 'cause we figure Alice in Wonderland will get dinged for being a 3-D conversion.
Documentary Feature: Inside Job, 'cause, one, Waiting for Superman isn't in the running, and, two, we're not really into the Banksy storyline.
Documentary Short: "Strangers No More," 'cause it's a feel-good movie about the Middle East.
Animated Short: "The Gruffalo," 'cause the critters are cute, and 'cause Pixar, which produced nominee "Day & Night," will be taken care of in Animated Feature.
Live-Action Short: "Na Wewe," 'cause it feels like it's about something. (And it is: Genocide in Africa.)