Oscars lift-off: ‘Gravity’ rises in Best Picture race

Gravity‘s” Oscar odds have risen greatly in the past few days and now — for the first time this derby season — some of our experts are picking it to win Best Picture: Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) and Guy Lodge (Hitfix). See the updated ranking of all 22 Oscarologists here

Notice its trajectory on the chart above where the orange line representing “Gravity” continues a steady upward thrust throughout the season to date. Currently, its racetrack odds are 13 to 2.

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Back in August, “Gravity” wasn’t even making the top 10. It emerged onto the list around Sept. 3 after it screened to acclaim at the Venice filmfest. By the 15th — following an equally well-received reception in Toronto– it was up in the fourth slot. And by month’s end it rose to third, but no experts actually picked it to prevail.

Now, with that one-two combo of critical acclaim and boffo box office, it has momentum and is likely to overtake the second place contender — the still-unseen “American Hustle.” Will it knock “12 Years a Slave” off of the top of the chart? Stay tuned.

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