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Sorry, George Clooney, but experts say Jeff Bridges leads the Oscars' best-actor race

December 19, 2009 |  1:34 pm
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According to most of these six Oscar pundits, the race for best actor isn't, well, up in the air. George Clooney is running behind Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart"). Below, the rankings of Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and me. See experts' predictions of the best actress race here and best picture here. Contenders are ranked according to their likelihood of winning.

BEST ACTOR Hammond Karger O'Neil Pond Thompson Travers
Jeff Bridges, 'Crazy Heart'

1

2

1

1

1

George Clooney, 'Up in the Air'

3

Colin Firth, 'A Single Man' 

4

3

2

3

Morgan Freeman, 'Invictus'

3

4

4

4

4

Jeremy Renner, 'The Hurt Locker' 

5

 

5

Viggo Mortensen, 'The Road'

   

5

   

 

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