‘Argo’ leaps ahead of ‘Les Miserables’ again in Best Picture Oscar race

The Best Picture race is no longer tied as “Argo” moves ahead of “Les Miserables.” 

Chuck Walton (Fandango) just switched from one-time frontrunner “Silver Linings Playbook” to become the 10th of our 25 Experts to back Ben Affleck‘s docudrama “Argo.” It now has odds of 5 to 1 to win Best Picture. (See predix of all Experts here and see racetrack odds here.)

Walton joins Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Guy Lodge (In Contention/ Hitfix), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today).

Among our Oscarologists, the still-unseen “Les Miserables” now has odds of 11 to 2. The nine Experts who foresee victory for the screen adaptation of the 1987 Tony-winning Best Musical are: Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Sean O’Connell (Hollywood News), Kevin Polowy (Next Movie), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Alex Suskind (Moviefone) and Jeff Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere).

Three Experts — Thelma Adams (Yahoo), Steve Pond (The Wrap) and Dave Karger  — still favor  “Silver Linings Playbook” which now has odds of 13 to 2. This winner of the audience award at the Toronto filmfest in September opens on Nov. 21. David O. Russell‘s comedy-drama showcases Jennifer Lawrence who has dominated the Best Actress category for weeks. She currently has the backing of 21 Experts and odds of 9 to 5. 

Michael Musto (Village Voice) and Richard Horgan (Mediabistro/FishbowlLA) support the still-unseen “Zero Dark Thirty.” In her followup to 2009 Best Picture winner “The Hurt Locker,” Oscar champ Kathryn Bigelow tells the tale of Seal Team Six and its hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

And one Expert — Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood/Indiewire) — favors “Life of Pi,” Ang Lee‘s 3-D version of Yann Martel‘s fanciful tale of a boy and a Bengal tiger.

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While Steven Spielberg‘s “Lincoln” does not have any Experts predicting it to win Best Picture, two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays the 16th American president, continues to lead the Best Actor race with the support of 19 Experts and odds of 9 to 5.

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