2011 Oscars: Best Picture

Nominations will be announced Jan. 24, 2012 and the 84th Annual Academy Awards take place on Feb. 26, 2012. After expanding the Best Picture field from five to 10 for the past two years, this year's slate of contenders will number somewhere between those two numbers. To reap a bid, a film will have to garner at least 5% of the overall first place votes.

Predict the Best Picture nominees here!

The current system of preferential balloting with upwards of 10 rounds of vote counting will be replaced by a single round of tallying, including the redistribution of votes. Any film listed first on 9% of the total ballots is guaranteed a nomination. If a film is listed first on more than 10.8% of the total ballots, it triggers the surplus rule. The ballots for such films are apportioned as follows: the requisite share of the vote goes to the first place film such that it reaches the threshold of 9% and the remaining share goes to the second place film.

Following this redistribution, any film listed first on less than 1% of ballots is eliminated and these ballots are redistributed to the second place film. Thus ends the vote counting and any film with at least 5% of the total ballots is a Best Picture nominee. Those ballots listing films in first that number between 1% and 5% of the total ballots are not counted.

Had this system been in place between 2001 and 2008, there would never have been 10 Best Picture nominees. Rather, there would have been between five and nine contenders.

Click on each of the titles below for more information before making your predictions here.

FRONTRUNNERS

A Dangerous Method

Albert Nobbs

Beginners

Carnage

Contagion

Detachment

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Hugo

In the Land of Blood and Honey

In Time

J. Edgar

Jane Eyre

Like Crazy

Margin Call

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

My Week with Marilyn

On the Road

Rampart

Restless

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Shame

Straw Dogs

Super 8

Take Shelter

The Artist

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Conspirator

The Deep Blue Sea

The Descendants

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Help

The Ides of March

The Impossible

The Iron Lady

The Rum Diary

The Skin I Live In

The Tree of Life

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

War Horse

We Bought a Zoo

POSSIBILITIES

50 50

A Better Life

Coriolanus

Crazy Stupid Love

Drive

Hanna

Killer Joe

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Meek's Cutoff

Melancholia

One Day

The Adventures of Tintin Secret of the Unicorn

The Details

The Door

The Eye of the Storm

The Wettest County in the World

The Whistleblower

This Must Be the Place

Tyrannosaur

W.E.

Warrior

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Win Win

Young Adult

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