‘Argo’ hikes lead in Oscar Best Picture race

Argo” just pulled further ahead in the Best Picture race and now has the backing of half of our Experts. 

Thelma Adams (Yahoo) switched from one-time frontrunner “Silver Linings Playbook” to become the 13th of our 26 Oscarologists to predict that Ben Affleck‘s docudrama will win the top prize.

The film has odds of 9 to 2 to win Best Picture. (See predix of all Experts here and see racetrack odds here.)

Adams joins Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Michael Hogan (Huffington Post), Guy Lodge (In Contention/ Hitfix), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Chuck Walton (Fandango), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today).

Among our Oscarologists, the still-unseen “Les Miserables” has odds of 11 to 2. The eight Experts who foresee victory for the screen adaptation of the 1987 Tony-winning Best Musical are: Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Sean O’Connell (Hollywood News), Kevin Polowy (Next Movie), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Alex Suskind (Moviefone) and Jeff Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere).

Two Experts — Dave Karger  (Fandango) and Steve Pond (The Wrap) — still favor “Silver Linings Playbook” which has odds of 13 to 2. This winner of the audience award at the Toronto filmfest in September opens in limited release on Nov. 16. David O. Russell‘s comedy-drama showcases Jennifer Lawrence who has dominated the Best Actress category for weeks. She currently has the backing of 22 Experts and odds of 9 to 5. 

Michael Musto (Village Voice) and Richard Horgan (Mediabistro/FishbowlLA) support the still-unseen “Zero Dark Thirty.” In her followup to 2009 Best Picture winner “The Hurt Locker,” Oscar champ Kathryn Bigelow tells the tale of Seal Team Six and its hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

And one Expert — Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood/Indiewire) — favors “Life of Pi,” Ang Lee‘s 3-D version of Yann Martel‘s fanciful tale of a boy and a Bengal tiger.

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While Steven Spielberg‘s “Lincoln” does not have any Experts predicting it to win Best Picture, two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays the 16th American president, continues to lead the Best Actor race with the support of 21 Experts and odds of 17 to 10.

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