As racing tipsters are traditionally required to publish a yearly audit, so I too will go over my predictions for the Academy Award (TM etc. etc.) winners. I didn't do too badly, with the following correct:
Best Picture (King's Speech)
Best Actress (Natalie Portman) - though I did hedge on this with Jennifer Lawrence, so half marks.
Best Actor (Colin Firth)
Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale)
Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler)
Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin)
Best Animation (Toy Story 3)
Best Original Song (Randy Newman)
Best Documentary Feature (Inside Job)
Best Film Editing (The Social Network)
Best Visual Effects (Inception)
Best Make-up (The Wolfman)
Of the twenty four categories I made predictions in twenty - so eleven and a half out of twenty isn't too bad for a rookie.
On the awards themselves, I was happy to see wins for Melissa Leo, Colin Firth, Randy Newman (especially), Toy Story 3 and Aaron Sorkin. Also good on Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for winning Best Original Score.
I was less happy with Alice In Wonderland - an utter travesty of a film - winning two statuettes, and while I don't begrudge Tom Hooper his Best Director gong, I would've liked to have seen it go David Fincher. It's a shame that Roger Deakins is still waiting for his Best Cinematography award after five nominations, and it would have been nice to see True Grit pick something up in a least one or two categories.
Sadly not valid for the best live-action short award was this Brightonian opus: