Oscars Experts: ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘Gravity’ still lead Best Picture race

12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” remain out front in the Oscar race for Best Picture, according to the latest predictions of Hollywood’s experts polled by Gold Derby. Neither film got bumped by “American Hustle,” which just screened to journalists and industry insiders this past week. Instead, they retained their lead while David O. Russell‘s latest feature has so far remained in the second tier of Top 10 contenders.

Beware: Not all of Gold Derby’s pundits have seen “American Hustle” yet, but there has been no strong surge of support so far among those who have. Currently 16 experts pick “Slave” to rule, 5 back “Gravity” and 2 opt for “Saving Mr. Banks.” No other films receive first-place rank. I

“American Hustle” now lands in fifth place on our charts:

1.) “12 Years a Slave” – 7/2 odds
2.) “Gravity” – 5/1
3.) “Saving Mr. Banks” – 9/1
4.) “Captain Phillips” – 10/1
5.) “American Hustle” – 10/1
6.) “The Wolf of Wall Street” – 16/1
7.) “Inside Llewyn Davis” – 20/1
8.) “Nebraska” – 20/1
9.) “The Butler” – 20/1
10.) “Fruitvale Station” – 50/1

See our Experts predictions here. See  how they’ve changed by changing the dates in the small calendar in the top left corner of that chart. See the Experts’ collective rankings and racetrack odds. Next week our Experts will have seen the last top contender of derby season: “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

BELOW: Give us your Oscar predictions. Make a first stab at them now. Change them later as often as you wish.

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