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Oscars predix: Best picture hopes brighten for 'The Dark Knight'

November 3, 2008 | 11:50 am

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"Gran Torino" and "The Reader" have dropped out of the best picture running, and Kate Beckinsale ("Nothing But the Truth") and Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") have vanished from the acting races, according to the latest batch of our pundits' predix. Piping in are Scott Bowles (USA Today), Erik Davis (Cinematical), Greg Ellwood (MSN Movies), Scott Feinberg (The Feinberg Files, The Envelope), Nathaniel Rogers (TheFilmExperience) and me.

Only two flicks get unanimous support for best picture bids: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Slumdog Millionaire." Not only has backing for "The Dark Knight" grown significantly in the last two weeks, but hugely: Five of our six prognosticators now foresee a top nom. Support for "Milk" has evaporated a bit (formerly, it got backing from a majority of seers), and there seems to be genuine doubt about "Doubt" (only one vote), but those flicks may rally in our next predix roundup when we tap additional gurus. Also noteworthy: Finally, Cate Blanchett ("Benjamin Button") is getting notice in the actress lineup. She has excellent odds to be nominated. She not only stars in the best picture front-runner, but she ages dramatically on screen (like many past winners, including last year's champ Marion Cotillard in "La Vie en Rose"). I want to add Cate to my list too, but I just can't (for now) cruelly boot out one of my current fave five. Hey, I try to remain loyal to my gals ... as long as I can in fickle Hollywood, anyway.

BEST PICTURE Bowles Feinberg O'Neil Rogers Davis Ellwood
'Australia'  

X

 

X

   
'Benjamin Button'

X

X

X

X

X

X

'Dark Knight'

X

 

X

X

X

X

'Doubt'

       

X

 
'Frost/Nixon'

X

X

X

 

 

X

'Milk'

X

 

 

X

 

 

'Revolutionary Road'

 

X

 

X

X

'Slumdog Millionaire'

X

X

X

X

X

X


BEST ACTOR Bowles Feinberg O'Neil Rogers Davis Ellwood
Leo DiCaprio, 'Revolutionary Road  

X

X

 

X

X

Clint Eastwood, 'Gran Torino'

X

X

X

X

X

 

Benicio del Toro, 'Che'

X

         
Frank Langella, 'Frost/Nixon'

X

 

X

X

X

X

Sean Penn, 'Milk'

X

X

X

X

X

X

Brad Pitt, 'Benjamin Button'

 

X

X

X

 

X

Mickey Rourke, 'The Wrestler'

X

X

 

X

X

X


BEST ACTRESS Bowles Feinberg O'Neil Rogers Davis Ellwood
Cate Blanchett, 'Benjamin Button'  

X

     

X

Anne Hathaway, 'Rachel Getting Married'

X

X

X

X

X

Sally Hawkins, 'Happy-Go-Lucky'

X

 

X

X

 

 
Angelina Jolie, 'Changeling'

 

 

X

  

X

X

Nicole Kidman, 'Australia'  

 

X

       
Meryl Streep, 'Doubt'

X

X

X

X

X

X

Kristin Scott Thomas, 'I've Loved You So Long'

X

 

 

X

X

X

Kate Winslet, 'Revolutionary Road'

X

X

 

X

X

Kate Winslet, 'The Reader'    

 X

 

   

 


 

(Warner Bros.)


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