Huge hype ahead of the 2011 Academy Awards

The 2011 Academy Awards are just hours away and there has been much talk and speculation since the Golden Globes about who will win big this year.

From ‘The Social Network’ to ‘The King’s Speech’, Natalie Portman’s role in ‘Black Swan’, and Hailee Steinfeld’s breakout role in ‘True Grit’, there is much to be excited about.

This year’s ceremony is tipped to be the biggest in a decade with TV ratings up across the entire industry, and ads selling out weeks ahead of the show.

Will Ricky Gervais’ funny jokes and post Golden Globes controversy have an impact on this year’s Oscars? Will Anne Hathaway have the panache audiences demand at the Oscars, without the ‘in your face’ tongue and cheek?

What we can assume is that there will be some upsets, as always, the Oscar’s are never a conventional award ceremony. May the best films and performances win but we must not also forget those that work behind the camera to make movie magic happen from music composers to cinematographers.