first oscar predictions

It's officially that time of the year when studios release their big guns (even though a few crapshoots still get released here and there). These are the movies the studios are banking on bringing in the audience numbers, the money, and (most importantly) the awards. From now until Christmas we'll see wide releases and a few limited releases of the biggest and best Hollywood has to offer this year. Here's a look, based solely on word-of-mouth and critical response from different film festivals where some of the movies have already premiered, at the movies I think have the best shot at next year's Academy Awards, Hollywood's top honor.

BEST PICTURE

WAR HORSE

Other Nominees:
THE ARTIST
THE DESCENDANTS
EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
THE HELP
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
THE TREE OF LIFE

BEST DIRECTOR

Terrence Malick, THE TREE OF LIFE

Other Nominees:
Stephen Daldry, EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
Alexander Payne, THE DESCENDANTS
Nicolas Winding Refn, DRIVE
Steven Spielberg, WAR HORSE





BEST ACTOR

Brad Pitt, MONEYBALL

Other Nominees:
George Clooney, THE DESCENDANTS
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. EDGAR
Jean Dujardin, THE ARTIST
Ryan Gosling, DRIVE





BEST ACTRESS

Viola Davis, THE HELP

Other Nominees: 
Glenn Close, ALBERT NOBBS
Felicity Jones, LIKE CRAZY
Tilda Swinton, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Michelle Williams, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN





BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christopher Plummer, BEGINNERS

Other Nominees:
Albert Brooks, DRIVE
Philip Seymour Hoffman, THE IDES OF MARCH
Brad Pitt, THE TREE OF LIFE
Max von Sydow, EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE



BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain, THE TREE OF LIFE

Other Nominees:
Berenice Bejo, THE ARTIST
Sandra Bullock, EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
Vanessa Redgrave, CORIOLANUS
Octavia Spencer, THE HELP



BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

THE ARTIST

Other Nominees:
BRIDESMAIDS
LIKE CRAZY
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
THE TREE OF LIFE





BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE DESCENDANTS

Other Nominees:
EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
MONEYBALL
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
WAR HORSE





BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

RANGO

Other Nominees:
RIO
WINNIE THE POOH







Did I miss anything? Think I'm wrong about any of these? Nominations will not be announced until January 24 and I'm sure some things will change once some of these movies are released. 

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