Award’s season is upon us again, with all the top stars of film and music dressing to the nines to await their fate at glitzy ceremonies in Hollywood and beyond.
The envelopes have been sealed, the winners ready to be announced… read on to discover the categories and who picks up our top gongs this year.
Olivia Colman won Lead Actress at the Oscars on Sunday, but now it’s time for the real awards
As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joked last week, ‘it’s always Liverpool’s year’… except this time, it really might be. The Reds sit atop the Premier League table after 27 matches, and have a real chance of securing their first title since 1990.
The players must take a hefty amount of credit, but the award for Leading Director is given to Jurgen Klopp. Manchester City ran away with the league last season and it looked as though it might be a formality this time around too, so you can’t underestimate the job Liverpool have done.
Klopp is the man neutral fans love to love, and come May 12 a Sportsmail Oscar might not be the only silverware in the German’s cabinet. The Premier League title is well within their grasp.
N.B. There is no actual silverware for Sportsmail’s Leading Director Oscar.
Jurgen Klopp has had an impressive year at Liverpool and they could yet win the league title
Klopp was December’s Manager of the Month and has now won a Sportsmail Oscar to boot
For all Salah’s positives in front of goal, there is a murky negative hanging over his head in the form of diving. He scores goals, plenty of them, but is gaining something of a reputation for his theatrics in trying to do so.
Against Newcastle and Brighton in December, against Crystal Palace in January… there have been plenty of occasions in which he has been criticised for going to ground too easily this season, and for that reason he is named Best Actor.
But don’t take our word for it. Kevin Kilbane labelled him ‘disgusting’, Craig Burley called him ‘pathetic’, while Sportsmail’s own Chris Sutton argued his antics could lose Liverpool the title.
Salah is clearly an incredible player, but after some mistakes in and around the opposition box, he picks up a Sportsmail Oscar he may rather have avoided.
Mohamed Salah is gaining a reputation he would rather avoid after a series of perceived dives
Salah has been called ‘pathetic’ and ‘disgusting’ by pundits after his indiscretions this season
Gareth Southgate’s World Cup chant
Remember the World Cup last summer? Those heady days of sunny beer gardens and wall-to-wall football, Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat and England players riding inflatable unicorns in the swimming pool.
A penalty-shootout victory over Colombia allowing England fans to forget their day-to-day stresses, Kieran Trippier making us believe that maybe, just maybe, this could be our year. Alas, it all ended at the hands of Croatia and life goes on.
But one thing will live on in our memories… and it’s the winner of this year’s Best Song category. Southgate became a household name in one swift summer, and in part it’s down to the incredible chant heard ringing around pubs and stadiums at home and in Russia.
To the tune of Atomic Kitten’s Whole Again, it goes like this:
Looking back on when we first met, I cannot escape and I cannot forget / Southgate, you’re the one, you still turn me on / Football’s coming home again [repeat x10000]
A worthy winner, if only to take you back to that incredible summer.
Gareth Southgate’s chant at the World Cup was sung in pubs and stadiums at home and abroad
England’s World Cup exploits will live long in the memory of fans after reaching the semi-final
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United used to be terrible, you know? Really bad. The latter stages of Jose Mourinho’s time at the club saw them languish in sixth place, long outsiders for the top four and with little hope of turning their season around.
In truth, even when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s name was mentioned, there was little fanfare… he was just to be a stop-gap in an embarrassing season before the real, permanent man arrived in the summer.
But boy has he turned it around. Eight wins in a row began his time at Old Trafford, and they’re still unbeaten in his 13 domestic matches to date. Now, it is not so much ‘will he get the job?’ but more ‘when will he get the job?’
A top-four finish is well within the club’s grasp, and the way Solskjaer has handled the likes of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial is to be admired. They are a club on the up again, and for that reason the Norwegian lands the Best Editing gong.
Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned Manchester United’s season around
Paul Pogba struggled under Jose Mourinho, but now looks a different player with Solskjaer
The Kepa-Sarri saga
Just when you thought you’d seen it all, this happened. Until Sunday afternoon, Leeds United’s Spygate madness was a shoo-in for best comedy.
Marcelo Bielsa rattled his Championship cohorts with the revelation that he’d been spying on their training sessions all season, after one of his staff was found in the bushes near Derby County’s training pitches.
Now, though, there can only be one winner after the madness unfolded at Wembley on Sunday night. From a failed substitution to the manager threatening to walk out of the stadium mid-match, the row between Kepa Arrizabalaga and Maurizio Sarri sums up the current chaos at Chelsea.
With full-time approaching, the Blues boss tried to sub off his injured keeper, but the 24-year-old refused and – in front of the watching world – openly undermined and embarrassed his manager.
For Chelsea fans, it was difficult viewing, but for the rest of the world – it was a laugh a minute. An incredible situation well worthy of the Best Comedy gong.
Kepa Arrizabalaga’s decision to undermine his manager wins the Best Comedy award this year
Maurizio Sarri was clearly furious to have been openly embarrassed by his keeper at Wembley
Nigeria’s World Cup kit
There can be only one winner in the Costume Design category this year. Step forward Nike, and their incredible Nigeria kits for last summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Three MILLION pre-orders saw the shirts sell out in minutes, with shoppers lining the streets outside the flagship store on Oxford Street in a desperate bid to get their hands on the summer’s big fashion statement.
Priced at £64.95, the shirts were not cheap, but both the home and away strips were out of stock shortly after going on sale. A rip-roaring success by all accounts.
To put the sales into perspective, Manchester United sold the most shirts of any club around the world in 2016 with 2.85 million. This Nigeria worldie had more than that in pre-sales alone. Impressive.
Nigeria’s World Cup kit sold out in minutes and was pre-ordered three million times last year
Fans queued for hours on Oxford Street to get their hands on the stylish Nike World Cup kits