Saturday night we'll get the first award results from the movie industry itself — that is, one of the guilds comprised of the same voters who pick the Oscars' champs. Up until now we've heard from film critics and members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., but the Producers Guild of America will give us the first real hunch of what moviemakers think. Then, on Sunday night, envelopes will be opened at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Next Saturday, Jan. 31, voters at the Directors Guild of America will pipe in.
The PGA has predicted the Academy Awards' best-picture victor 12 times over 19 years. Last year the guild matched up with the Oscars' choice of "No Country for Old Men," but the two kudos went their separate ways the previous three years. PGA opted for "Little Miss Sunshine" over "The Departed," "Brokeback Mountain" rather than "Crash," and "The Aviator" instead of "Million Dollar Baby."
To predict award results, we've pooled the views of a peerless gang of pundits: Brad Brevet (RopeOfSilicon.com), Edward Douglas (Comingsoon.net), Greg Ellwood (HitFix.com), Scott Feinberg (Feinberg Files, The Envelope), Marshall Fine (Star magazine, HollywoodAndFine.com), Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Elena Howe (The Envelope), Peter Howell (Toronto Star), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Kevin Lewin (World Entertainment News Network), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Bob Tourtellotte (Reuters), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), T.L. Stanley (Gold Rush, Hollywood Reporter), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere.com), Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today) and me.
Check out who our kudos seers forecast will be the big winners at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards.
PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS: PREDICTIONS
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" — Ellwood, Feinberg, Hammond, Howe, Howell, Stanley
"The Dark Knight"
"Slumdog Millionaire" — Brevet, Douglas, Fine, Howell, Karger, Lewin, Musto, O'Neil, Tourtellotte, Travers, Wells, Wloszczyna