Last year's 86th edition of the Academy Awards was historic as "12 Years a Slave" became the first film by a black director to win Best Picture. While Steve McQueen's biopic had been out front at the start of the derby, the lead changed hands throughout the season with the ascent and fall of, among others, "Gravity" and "American Hustle."
Will this year's Oscars race be equally eventful?
Nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 15. Winners will be revealed on Feb. 22 during the kudocast that airs live from the Dolby Theatre on ABC.
To get started with your Oscar predictions, take a look at our previews for each of the top races below by clinking on the category title. On each preview page, be sure to click on each film and person to read more about that contender.
Be sure to read about how the nominations are determined:
And check out the predictions made by our Editors, Top 24 Users from last year, and Users just like you:
Then head over to our Prediction Center to log your forecasts for the eventual slate of nominees. (Sign in via Facebook or register for a free account in under a minute.) Remember to pick 10 films for Best Picture and five each of directors, actors and actresses.