Roll out the red carpet, the Academy Awards are upon us.
The pickings were so good this year, two members of our Kicks team decided to predict who the big winners will be.
Kyle Drapeau is a Kicks freelancer and also is an assistant manager at the Cinemark movie theater at Coastal Grand mall. Caroline Evans is the features coordinator at The Sun News and is married to a film fanatic who used to work at Blockbuster and owns more than 500 movies.
We also asked David Zinman, the host of the fourth annual "Friday Night at the Movies Classic Film Festival" and author of "50 Classic Motion Pictures: The Stuff that Dreams Are Made of," to make his own predictions.
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Below are our favorite five categories, the nominees, and our predictions along with Kyle's commentary. Watch the Oscars on Sunday night at 8 p.m. to see if we were right, and go to TheSunNews.com to vote for who you think will win in each of the following categories:
Alas, the oversaturation of this category by an extra five movies makes this a complete shot in the dark. Having seen eight of the 10 movies, I've got an idea as to what can be eliminated from contention. After that, it's all about thinking like a member of the Academy. Once I did that, the choice became clear.
» "Black Swan"
» "The Fighter"
» "The Kids Are All Right"
» "The King's Speech" (unanimous pick)
» "127 Hours"
» "The Social Network"
» "Toy Story 3"
» "True Grit"
» "Winter's Bone"
At a glance, this Oscar might seem like it's anybody's game, but the reality is we're looking at Firth versus Bridges, round two. James Franco is a dark horse and Jesse Eisenberg would be a trendy pick due to association with social media. Ultimately, Firth won't get snubbed two years in a row, and this Oscar will go home with the king.
» Javier Bardem for "Biutiful"
» Jeff Bridges for "True Grit"
» Jesse Eisenberg for "The Social Network"
» Colin Firth for "The King's Speech" (unanimous pick)
» James Franco for "127 Hours"
This is another category that's not really up for discussion. While the other actresses are all worthy of nominations, the right call is Natalie Portman winning for her portrayal of an emotionally and mentally fragile ballerina in "Black Swan."
She really did a phenomenal job showing the pressure performers face and what it can do to them.
» Annette Bening for "The Kids Are All Right"
» Nicole Kidman for "Rabbit Hole"
» Jennifer Lawrence for "Winter's Bone"
» Natalie Portman for "Black Swan" (unanimous pick)
» Michelle Williams for "Blue Valentine"
Best supporting actress
Best Supporting Actress has a great lineup this year, with "The Fighter" holding two nominations.
That being said, that movie is fighting a losing battle as we predict the winner of this category will be Hailee Steinfeld.
It's honestly surprising she's not up for Best Actress, considering she was the only woman prominently featured in "True Grit," but I think she'll take this Oscar just as happily.
» Amy Adams for "The Fighter"
» Helena Bonham Carter for "The King's Speech"
» Melissa Leo for "The Fighter" (David's pick)
» Hailee Steinfeld for "True Grit" (Caroline's and Kyle's pick)
» Jacki Weaver for "Animal Kingdom"
Best supporting actor
"The King's Speech" has been loaded with nominations this Oscar season, but once again finds itself bested in the supporting category.
Christian Bale is as much a lock for this Oscar for his work in "The Fighter" as Christoph Waltz was last year for "Inglorious Basterds."
» Christian Bale for "The Fighter" (unanimous pick)
» John Hawkes for "Winter's Bone"
» Jeremy Renner for "The Town"
» Mark Ruffalo for "The Kids Are All Right"
» Geoffrey Rush for "The King's Speech"