You can't always trust the views of the small number of Academy members who Entertainment Weekly rounds up to tattle on how they voted for the Oscars. Last year, if I recall correctly, most of them said they voted for "Babel." ("The Departed" won.) The vast majority of the Academy members they lassoed in 2001 picked Sissy Spacek to win best actress for "In The Bedroom." (Halle Berry won for "Monster's Ball").
What's really odd about the best actress choices made by the six voters rounded up this year is that none is for presumed front-runner Julie Christie! Three are for Marion Cotillard, two for Laura Linney and one for Ellen Page. READ MORE.
And just who are these secret Academy members this year? EW gives fairly good hints. Our forum posters believe they might be director/writer James L. Brooks, screenplay scribe William Goldman and actress Kate Hudson. Read the guesses of our forum posters — HERE!