What a difference a few days makes. On Dec. 12, "Les Miserables" had a cozy lead in Oscar's Best Picture race, according to Gold Derby's poll of Oscars experts. Just two days later, "Lincoln" – propelled by strong showings at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards nominations – has surged ahead like a classic Oscar dark horse.
Eleven out of 27 Oscarologists now believe Steven Spielberg's biopic on Honest Abe will triumph as Best Picture, compared to seven for "Argo," four each for "Les Miserables" and "Zero Dark Thirty" and one for "Silver Linings Playbook." Two days ago the score was 10 for "Les Miserables," six for "Zero Dark Thirty," five for "Lincoln," four for "Argo" and one for "Silver Linings Playbook.
"Lincoln" led with the most Golden Globe nominations (seven) unveiled yesterday and tied "Les Miserables" and "Silver Linings Playbook" for the highest tally of SAG bids (four) announced on Wednesday. When the Critics' Choice Awards reported noms on Tuesday, "Lincoln" set a new record: 13.