The Hurt Locker was expected to fare well at the Oscars, but even the team behind the Afghanistan-set feature looked like they never dreamed of doing quite as well as this. In the end, they took six Oscars, including the big two - Best Picture and Best Director, for Kathryn Bigelow (as I predicted in my Oscars preview).
Tom Ford's carefully rendered romantic drama 'A Single Man' sees Colin Firth taking a memorable anchor role as George Falconer, a British College don working in LA.
“After you're nominated, it's like a crapshoot, it's like throwing dice.” Morgan Freeman
The British version of the Oscars doesn't create quite the same media frenzy as the Oscars, but still attracts many of our home-grown glitterati to its red carpet, and there's usually a very similar line-up of films in the final competition.
Invictus is a recreation of the 1995 South African world cup triumph based on the book 'Playing The Enemy' by John Carlin, showing how what might have seemed like an unlikely alliance between new South African president Nelson Mandela and South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar helped to solve a problem of growing racial unease in post-Apartheid South Africa.
Hollywood's other big awards race, the Oscars, may be more avidly followed, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual awards nevertheless carry some clout in the biz.