It’s OSCAR SUNDAY! Here are 3 Things You Need to Know

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It’s been a long ride, but Hollywood’s biggest night is finally here. Oscar Sunday: can you feel the excitement in the air? It was an amazing year in film, and tonight, many will be recognized for their hard work, and many will be undeservedly snubbed. That’s just the nature of the business. Many filmmakers go into this business knowing that, and all have obviously taken the risk, so here are 3 things you should expect for tonight’s ceremony.

1. The Categories Will Be Very Different.

Don’t expect one movie to mop the floor with the rest of the nominees this year, it just wont happen. Almost all of the categories are going to different cast members of different films. Best Actor will almost certainly go to Colin Firth for ‘The King’s Speech’, but Best Supporting Actor will probably not go to Firth’s Colleague, Geoffrey Rush. In that category, Christian Bale seems to have the overall edge and will likely take it home for ‘The Fighter’. Also, in the Actress category, two very different roles in very different pictures will likely take the statue home. Best Actress will probably go to Natalie Portman for ‘Black Swan’, and even though I’m not going to decide of the Best Supporting Actress category (it’s too close to call) both Melissa Leo (‘The Fighter’) and Hailee Steinfeld (‘True Grit’) had very different roles in their movies compared to Portman.

2. Don’t Underestimate the Nerds

If there was one film that captivated audiences, it was The Social Network. As the critics have said, the film defines a generation, and tells a timeless story in a very modern setting. So why is almost everyone saying that ‘The King’s Speech’ will win? Well, it beautifully told the story of King George VI’s struggle with stammering and his overcoming of the speech impediment. It was a great story, but why isn’t The Social Network considered the Best Picture of the year? It everything in order to be a perfect film (comedy, drama, backstabbing) and I just don’t get why everyone is going crazy over ‘The King’s Speech’. Don’t get me wrong, ‘The King’s Speech was amazing, but it wasn’t as brilliant as ‘The Social Network’ does. So even though everyone has said that ‘The Social Network’ isn’t going to win, I’m going to have a little thing called hope and maybe it will.

3. The Oscars LOVE A Boxing Film

If any type of film has a track record of pulling heartstrings and making grown men cry, it is the art of boxing films. 1976’s Rocky is considered a classic not just in sports movies, but overall in film. It attracted critics and consumers alike, getting big numbers at the box office and becoming the highest grossing movie of that year. Fast forward to 2011, and ‘The Fighter’ is being praised as one of the best films of the year. Taking over 4 years to make, this movie had a lot of thought out into it and the soul of the film was in it’s supporting characters. Mark Wahlberg’s performance wasn’t critically raved about, but he was the reason that the supporting roles were so great. Melissa Leo’s performance is so realistic, you couldn’t recognize her if you saw her without the hair and makeup used in the film. The same goes for Christian Bale’s performance as the unwilling scrawny brother who helps his brother become a star in the ring. Those two are the ones to watch tonight, they might just take it home in the supporting categories.

There you go! You can watch wall-to-wall coverage of the Oscars Red Carpet on E! With Live From the Red Carpet with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic right now on E!

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