Most Oscar gurus say "Slumdog Millionaire" is a slam dunk to win the Academy Award for best picture. True? Upsets happen all the time at the Oscars, of course, thanks to the mysterious goings-on in the noggins of academy members. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" leads with the most nominations (13). Over the last 20 years, the noms leader has prevailed 15 times. And what about "Milk"? It has passionate support among Oscar voters and more than a dozen biopics have claimed the top honor from "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936) to "The Last Emperor" (1987) and "A Beautiful Mind" (2001).
Here members of The Envelope's Buzzmeter panel of Oscar experts dish the derby's top race: T.L. Stanley (Gold Rush, Hollywood Reporter), Greg Ellwood (HitFix.com), Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Scott Feinberg (Feinberg Files, The Envelope) and me.