The envelopes have been sealed shut and excitement is building in Hollywood which can mean only one thing – it’s time for the Oscars!

The stars of the big screen are set to strut the red carpet on Sunday night, meaning Brad Pitt and Co best remember to set Match of the Day 2 to record.


Here, to celebrate the arrival of awards season, Sportsmail delivers its alternative take on the annual ceremony. And if you’re one of our winners, don’t forget to thank your mum, your dad or if you play for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola.

BEST LEADING ACTOR: Harry Kane, Tottenham

The London Football Awards somewhat stole our thunder here. They named Harry Kane their big winner on Thursday night and the Tottenham striker is our big winner here too.

How else to measure who is the best leading actor but by goals? The England striker is the Premier League’s top scorer with 24, one ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

Once labelled a one-season wonder, he has now scored at least 20 goals for the fourth year in succession. Oscars winners get a golden gong but Kane is heading for another Golden Boot.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Kevin De Bruyne, Man City

Kevin De Bruyne is fighting to be crowned the Premier League’s Player of the Year and has Kane and Salah as competition. For now, he can at least put this individual award on his mantelpiece.

The Manchester City midfielder has been one of the stand-out stars this season in a team that is being debated as one of the greatest to ever grace the English top flight. De Bruyne has managed 14 assists, three ahead of team-mate Leroy Sane.

The Belgian faces his former club Chelsea on Sunday and can show them what they let go for only £18million.

BEST DRAMATIC ACTOR: Dele Alli, Tottenham

Tottenham host Huddersfield at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and it brings to mind the last time these two met – in a 4-0 away win at the John Smith’s Stadium.

During that tie, Dele Alli received a booking for diving as he threw himself to the ground under a challenge by goalkeeper Jonas Lossl. That was one of two yellow cards he has been shown for diving in the Premier League this season – more than any other player.

Even last week at Selhurst Park, Alli was criticised for going down after a coming together with Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. He escaped without a caution. Dramatic Dele takes home this award.

BEST DIRECTOR: Pep Guardiola, Man City

Who else? After their easy 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, Manchester City are 30 points ahead of Arsenal.

Even second-placed Manchester United are 16 points adrift. Guardiola has spent significantly and City are now a class above. Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, who won the title last season, labelled them ‘unstoppable’ ahead of their clash on Sunday.

City are the league’s top scorers, top shooters, top chance creators and top passers. They have won one trophy in the Carabao Cup, the Premier League is set to follow, and you would not put it past Guardiola securing the treble with the Champions League.

BEST SCORE: Wayne Rooney, Everton (v West Ham, November 2017)

The award for a goal that was scored in a beautiful way. Take a bow, Wayne Rooney. ‘It was one of the best goals I’ve ever scored,’ Rooney said.

‘I hit it as well as I’ve ever hit a football. To make it my first Everton hat-trick was special. It was a perfect moment.’

Joe Hart came racing out of his goal to try to clear. He booted the ball into the opponent’s half but only to Rooney, who shaped his body and shot first time left-footed from 58 yards.

It went directly into the gaping goal despite Angelo Ogbonna’s attempts to handball it out of the way. An exquisite strike by the Evertonian. This turned out to be the last straw for David Moyes.

The next week, Hart was dropped for Adrian and the ex-England No 1 has not appeared in the Premier League since. Oops.
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