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Can any Oscars rival beat 'Slumdog Millionaire' for best picture?

February 5, 2009 |  3:16 pm

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 (, Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Scott Feinberg (Feinberg Files, The Envelope) and me.


Buzzmeter Oscarologists Dish Who'll Win Best Actor

Buzzmeter Oscarologists Dish the Race for Best Supporting Actor

Oscars Experts Square Off: Who'll Win Best Actress?

Our Buzzmeter Oscars Experts Battle Over Who'll Win Best Supporting Actress

Best Moments of the Oscars Derby So Far

Associated Press Reporter Christy Lemire Dishes the Oscars Derby

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone explains why he believes 'Slumdog Millionaire' is top dog in the Oscars' best-picture race.

New York Times Carpetbagger David Carr and I dish the derby. (Oh, yeah, and he tries to strangle me!)

Pete Hammond and Anthony Breznican ponder the question: Will Golden Globe winners repeat at the Oscars?

Sean Penn tells Gold Derby, 'Lots of people should be ashamed of themselves over the passage of Prop. 8.'

Mickey Rourke tells Gold Derby, 'I could identify with the wrestler's state of living in shame and disgrace.'

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