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Updated Oscars predix: 'Slumdog' nipping at heels of 'Benjamin Button'

November 29, 2008 |  9:23 pm

Pundits are constantly updating their Oscars predix at the Envelope's Buzzmeter, so remember to keep checking back often. (Bookmark THIS LINK for quick access in the future.)

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Below is a sampling of newest predix from top gurus, who include Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Peter Howell (Toronto Star), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Lou Lumenick (New York Post), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily.com), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere.com) and moi.

Notice how close the battle is over best picture. While four of these seven seers pick "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," two of us naysayers back "Slumdog Millionaire" and one opts for "Milk." All four "Button" backers put "Slumdog Millionaire" in second place. I — a "Slumdog" supporter — list "Button" as the runner-up."

Views are split over best actor: three votes for Frank Langella ("Frost/Nixon"), two for Mickey Rourke ("The Wrestler"), one for Sean Penn ("Milk") and one for Leo DiCaprio ("Revolutionary Road").

Kate Winslet ("Revolutionary Road") zooms ahead of previous front-runner Meryl Streep ("Doubt") with four votes to one. Streep even falls behind Kristin Scott Thomas ("I've Loved You So Long"), who has two votes.

BEST PICTURE Hammond Karger Stone Wells Howell Lumenick O'Neil
'Australia'

5

 

         
'Benjamin Button'

1

1

1

3

2

2

'Dark Knight'

 

 

3

 

3

 

 

'Doubt'

 

5

 

5

 

 

 

'Frost/Nixon'

3

3

 

 

5

 

3

'Gran Torino'

 

 

 

 

 

5

 
'Milk'

4

 

4

4

 

1

'Revolutionary Road'

 

4

5

2

4

4

5

'Slumdog Millionaire'

2

2

2

1

2

3

1


BEST ACTOR Hammond Karger Stone Wells Howell Lumenick O'Neil
Leo DiCaprio, 'Revolutionary Road  

4

5

1

5

4

Clint Eastwood, 'Gran Torino'

3

5

4

 

 

3

5

Richard Jenkins,

'The Visitor'

4

 

 

 

5

 

Frank Langella, 'Frost/Nixon'

1

3

2

2

1

2

1

Sean Penn, 'Milk'

3

2

3

5

2

1

2

Brad Pitt, 'Benjamin Button'

5

 

 

 

3

   
Mickey Rourke, 'The Wrestler'

 

1

1

4

3

3


BEST ACTRESS Hammond Karger Stone Wells Howell Lumenick O'Neil
Anne Hathaway, 'Rachel Getting Married'

 

3

4

5

3

3

3

Cate Blanchett,

'Benjamin Button'

4

 

5

3

   

4

Angelina Jolie, 'Changeling'

5

5

 

 

5

4

 

Sally Hawkins,

'Happy-Go-Lucky'

 

       

 

5

Melissa Leo,

'Frozen River'

 

   

4

     
Meryl Streep, 'Doubt'

2

2

2

 

1

2

2

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

1

4

3

1

4

5

 

Kate Winslet, 'Revolutionary Road'

3

1

1

2

2

1

1

Photo: Miramax


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