Predict yourself before you wreck yourself: Our 83rd Academy Award tips.

Well, it’s been one hell of a ride, but the twelve-month-long self-congratulatory ceremony that is the Oscar campaign is almost over. The winners of the 83rd Academy Awards will be revealed Sunday night in Los Angeles (Monday morning in Australia), at a ceremony hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. But no need to shed a tear! Campaigning for the 84th Academy Awards will begin the very next day!

As is tradition, we thought we’d share our predictions for the 2011 victors. Although most prognosticators think The King’s Speech has it in the bag (having cleaned up all the really important pre-cursors), we have our trepidations (and by we, I mean I, Simon Miraudo – it should be made clear that most people think I’m crazy for betting against the historical juggernaut).

In the below predictions, I have followed my heart and offered the most love to my favourite film of the year – The Social Network – because, well, deep down I just really want the Academy to recognise the very best picture of the year, not just the one that made them feel the nicest. I’ve bet against a couple of other favourites (see: Best Supporting Actress, Best Foreign Language Films), but I’m not completely crazy; some categories really are in the bag (see: Best Actor).

Check them out, if only to use against me on Monday afternoon when I’ll have been made a fool of by the actual winners.

Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Director: David Fincher for The Social Network
Best Actor: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech
Best Actress: Natalie Portman for Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale for The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit
Best Original Screenplay: The King’s Speech – David Seidler
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin
Best Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
Best Foreign Language Film: Dogtooth (Greece)
Cinematography: The Social Network – Jeff Cronenweth
Editing: The Social Network – Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall
Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland – Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood
Best Makeup: Barney’s Version – Adrien Morot
Original Score: The Social Network – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Original Song: “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 – Randy Newman
Best Sound Mixing: True Grit – Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland
Best Sound Editing: True Grit – Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey
Best Visual Effects: Inception – Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb, Paul J. Franklin
Best Documentary Feature – Restrepo: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
Best Documentary Short – The Warriors of Qiugang: Ruby Yang, Thomas Lennon
Best Animated Short – The Lost Thing: Shaun Tan, Andrew Ruhemann
Best Live Action Short – The Confession: Tanel Toom

Listen to me defend my choices, and say who I also think should win the major categories, in the special (Pod)Casting Couch Academy Award primer.
And remember to keep an eye on the Quickflix Blog on Monday morning to see a livestream of the winners as they are announced!

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