As of now, "12 Years a Slave" is still widely expected to be named Best Picture by this New York based group. Indeed, three of our four Experts, six of our seven Editors, 20 of our Top 24 Users from last year and 70% of All Users are predicting it to prevail. That gives it overwhelming odds of 2 to 5, far ahead of "Gravity," which has the backing of one Expert, two of the Top 24 and 20% of All Users.
However, "Gravity" helmer Alfonso Cuaron is tipped to take Best Director over Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") who won with the Gotham critics on Tuesday. Three Experts, eight Editors, 14 of the Top 24 and 60% of All Users back Cuaron. That translates into odds of 2 to 5 while McQueen is in second with odds of 3 to 1.
Cooper's surprise win meant that "Lincoln" leading man Daniel Day-Lewis, who won over the NYFCC and the Oscars, remains without a lead acting prize from this group. While he claimed the 1986 supporting award for his performances in both "My Beautiful Launderette" and "A Room With a View," he did not prevail for either of his Oscar-winning roles in 1989's "My Left Foot" (Morgan Freeman won for "Driving Miss Daisy") or 2007's "There Will Be Blood" (George Clooney won for "Michael Clayton"). Leonardo DiCaprio ("Django Unchained") picked up a second Supporting Actor award, to join the one he won in 1993 for "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." And character actressAnn Dowd won for her featured performance in "Compliance."
Below, begin your predictions for the NBR Awards by forecasting the winner of Best Picture.