All 30 Oscarologists polled by Gold Derby believe "The Artist" will win Best Picture and they predict Christopher Plummer ("Beginnings") and Octavia Spencer ("The Help") for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, but they clash over the lead acting races.
Most experts foresee a Best Actor victory by recent SAG champ Jean Dujardin ("The Artist"), but quite a few opt for George Clooney instead: Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), JD Cargill (CNN), Ed Douglas (Comingsoon), Bradley Jacobs (Us Weekly), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Kevin Lewin (WENN), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Kevin Polowy (Next Movie), Richard Rushfield (Daily Beast), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood/ Indiewire) and Dave White (Movies.com).
An overwhelming majority back Viola Davis ("The Help") for Best Actress, but there are a few notable dessenters picking Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady"), including Tariq Khan (Fox News), Kevin Lewin (WENN), Richard Rushfield (Daily Beast), Kevin Polowy (Next Movie) – and me.
See the full breakdown of expert Oscar predix here. Click through the category links at top of that page to see more races.
Pete Hammond (Deadline), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily) and Tariq Khan (FoxNews) reaped the highest score (80%) among the 31 Oscarologists forecasting winners. Darrin Dortch scored highest among Gold Derby editors (80%). "Snuggle4" led among all Gold Derby users (88%). Read our full report. See the original predix of our Experts, our Editors and site Users. See how they compare. Review the nominess, then enter your predictions here.
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Oscar Nominations: New York state resident Tim Kressner (gufa54) won $1,000 for reaping the highest percentage (78%) when predicting Academy Award noms. Watch our video chat with him here and learn his strategy for making picks. See the leaderboard here. See Kressner's predix here.
Golden Globes (Film): Mario Gomez, a med studen in Mexico, won our contest with the highest percentage of correct picks (86%) and highest point score (2,693). See our video chat with him here. Two other contestants also scored 86%: lulo1989 and eastwest. Tom O'Neil reaped best Experts' score. David Schnelwar had top score among our Editors. See the leaderboard here to see if you made the top tier.
Critics Choice Nominations: Bryce H scored an impressive 83% when sizing up 20 categories. That was one percentage point ahead of our smartest Editor, Daniel Montgomery. Our top Expert was also one of our Editors, Paul Sheehan, who reaped 74%. To see how you performed, check out our leaderboard plus the score section of your account page.
Golden Globe (Film) Nominations: Jonathan was our top User, reaping a staggering 86% when forecasting the lineup of 10 categories. That put him six percentage points ahead of our best Expert -- Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) -- and eight ahead of our leading Editor, Daniel Montogomery. Did you made the cut on the leaderboard score breakdown?
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners: Christian aced all rivals, scoring 82%. That was almost 20 percentage points ahead of our top Expert (Edward Douglas of ComingSoon ) and Editor (Matt Noble), both of whom earned scores of 64%. Christian foresaw that surprise screenplay win for "Before Midnight." See leaderboard.