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NOW IT'S THE WOSCARS!; We reveal this year's best of Welsh talent.

Byline: BYSUSIE BREWER

STARS of the big screen will be in Hollywood tonight for the most important award ceremony in the movie world's calendar.

And, as there will be no thank you speeches from anyone from home, Wales on Sunday decided to give our very own awards - the WoScars - to those people who we think have given a great performance in the last year.

Film stars including Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger will waltz down the red carpet for the 74th Academy Awards, hoping to pick up the cherished Oscar for their performances.

Millions of people will be tuning in to the ceremony, hosted this year by Whoopi Goldberg, to see who walks off with an award and fashion designers will have dressed the leading ladies in expensive, glamorous frocks.

Anyone who's anyone in the film world will be attending the ceremony, at the Kodak Theatre in California, and are likely to have been spent the last few days getting waxed, preened and dieting for the big night.

But, while the likes of Kate Winslet, Dame Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson have been nominated for Academy Awards tonight, there are no Welsh nominees at tonight's performance.

Catherine Zeta Jones is expected to attend with hubbie Michael Douglas, Pearl Harbor star Kate Beckinsale will be walking on the red carpet with actor partner Michael Sheen and Sir Anthony Hopkins will also be making his regular appearance at the glittering ceremony.

Ioan Gruffudd, who starred in Black Hawk Down, which has been nominated in two categories, is also expected to be at the showbiz bash, accompanied by actress girlfriend Alice Evans, whom he starred with in 102 Dalmations.

But, for those Welsh stars that are overlooked, our Wales on Sunday panel of judges have awarded the WoScars. If you've any more awards to add, write or email us with your suggestions.

BEST ACTOR Survivor's Richard Owen The Cardiff-based psychiatrist got to the last three of reality TV show Survivor through his cunning brain. The award goes to him for his wonderful acting skills and being able to pretend he was everyone's best friend when he was merely looking out for himself - and rightly so!

BEST ACTRESS Survivor's Charlotte Hobrough The glamorous brunette may have lost a few fans with her extra-marital activities on ITV's Survivor but her passion to win a million pounds meant she went the whole hog - from crying to cunning to life as a millionaire.

Our weathergirl Sian Lloyd This award just has to go to the wonderful bra worn by Sian Lloyd at the SWS launch party in Cardiff last month. It certainly had a great supporting role.

BEST FEMALE SUPPORT BEST MALE SUPPORT North Wales AM Rod Richards This award goes to the Cardiff park bench that AM for North Wales Rod Richard used to slept on mid-afternoon after a drinking session the night before.

MOST DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE Big Brother's Helen Adams OHMYGODDDDD!

Helen is the deserved winner for her dramatic performances on this summer's Big Brother.

Her 'will they, won't they?' relationship with Paul Clarke, plus her love of glitter made her the nation's second favourite housemate.

MOST DRAMATIC MOMENT The resignation of Wales coach Graham Henry The Great Redeemer of Welsh rugby union packed it in after the loss against Ireland in Dublin in this year's Six Nations. He told his fans the time had come to admit defeat and left as quickly as he arrived.

BEST WALK-ON PART Cardiff City boss Sam Hammam Whether you agreed with his actions or not, Sam Hammam was certainly a brave man to walk around the pitch at the Cardiff City V Leeds Utd FA Cup clash. His passion for Wales certainly deserves a WOScar.

BEST SCORE Cardiff City 2, Leeds Utd 1 This usually goes to a musical piece of brilliance, but the FA Cup win against Leeds has to go down in history as one of the most momentous moments in Welsh football.

BEST SCRIPT Adrian Hadley and his rugby tales The former Welsh rugby star caused a storm with his biography Codes of Misconduct when he exposed the real goings-on on rugby tours, including extra marital affairs and bedhopping.

BEST PICTURE Lorna Morgan and her signed bottom This WoScar must certainly go to Wales on Sunday's very own glamour girl Lorna Morgan who donned a very small pair of shorts and got lots of the Welsh rugby players to sign her bottom.

She then auctioned them off for pounds 200!
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