"Argo" will win Best Picture at the Oscars according to our experts, who predict three total wins out of seven nominations for Ben Affleck's political thriller, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. "Crash" also won awards for writing and editing the year it upset "Brokeback Mountain" for Best Picture in 2005. (Click here to see a breakdown by category of the winners and potential spoilers.)
Experts predict Oscar voters will spread the wealth, with two other films winning three apiece. "Lincoln," which leads with 12 nominations, is the favorite to win Best Director (Steven Spielberg), Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), and Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones). All would be repeat winners: Spielberg has won three previous awards for producing and directing, Jones also won Supporting Actor in 1993 for "The Fugitive," and Day-Lewis would make history as the first man to win Best Actor three times.
"Life of Pi," Ang Lee's drama about a young man stranded at sea with a Bengal tiger, is predicted to win Best Cinematography, Best Score, and Best Visual Effects. The film is also a spoiler to win Best Director and Best Sound Mixing.
Two other films will win two apiece. "Les Miserables" will take Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway) and Best Sound Mixing, and "Anna Karenina" will win Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.
Five-time nominee "Amour" is forecast only to win Best Foreign Language Film, while "Wreck-It Ralph" is expected to take Best Animated Feature -- it would be the first non-Pixar Disney film to do so -- and "Searching for Sugar Man" is the frontrunner for Best Documentary Feature.
"Silver Linings Playbook" gets best odds to win one of its eight nominations (Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence), while Quentin Tarantino is expected to win his second screenwriting Oscar, for "Django Unchained."
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