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Inside track on the Oscars' best picture and best director races

November 13, 2009 |  8:29 am

Oscars best picture race news

Two days ago the first installment of The Envelope's print edition was inserted into the L.A. Times. In each issue, the Gold Derby column breaks down the top races into lists for easy handicapping. Click here to see a gallery of the short "spotlight" articles that accompany the lists.

Below is how I size up the races for best picture and director. Bullets note the 10 flicks that I think will be nominated for best picture.

• "Avatar"
"An Education"
• "The Hurt Locker"
• "Inglourious Basterds"
• "Invictus"
"Julie & Julia"
• "The Lovely Bones"
• "Nine"
• "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
• "The Road"
• "A Serious Man"
"Star Trek"
• "Up in the Air"

"Bright Star"
"District 9"
"The Hangover"
"It's Complicated"
"The Last Station"
"Sherlock Holmes"
"A Single Man"
"The Young Victoria"

J.J. Abrams, "Star Trek"
Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
James Cameron, "Avatar"
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, "A Serious Man"
Lee Daniels, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, "Up"
Clint Eastwood, "Invictus"
John Hillcoat, "The Road"
Peter Jackson, "The Lovely Bones"
Rob Marshall, "Nine"
Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"
Lone Scherfig, "An Education"
Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"

Neill Blomkamp, "District 9"
Jane Campion, "Bright Star"
Nora Ephron, "Julie & Julia"
Tom Ford, "A Single Man"
Michael Hoffman, "The Last Station"
Nancy Meyers, "It’s Complicated"
Guy Ritchie, "Sherlock Holmes"
Jim Sheridan, "Brothers"
Jean-Marc Vallee, "The Young Victoria"

Photo credits: "Nine" (Weinstein Co.), "Up in the Air" (Paramount) 


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