More prominent Oscarologists dish with Gold Derby about the possibility of "Inglourious Basterds" pulling off an upset for best picture. Check out other views from top experts here plus our overview of how the upset can happen.
BOB TOURTELLOTTE, REUTERS: Anything's possible and never say "never." The gap between guild awards and Oscar ballots has been long enough that voters are re-thinking their past decisions. That gap has made both "Hurt Locker" and "Avatar" vulnerable as front-runners, leaving plenty of room for a movie like "Inglourious" or early favorite "Precious" to slip in with a victory.
ERIK DAVIS, CINEMATICAL: "Basterds" is the film that deserves to win, and I think a lot of people realize that, but as the academy proved with "There Will Be Blood" and others, what you think deserves to win doesn't always take home the statue. I'd like to think this is Tarantino's year, but we've learned by now to never underestimate a James Cameron film.
GREGORY ELLWOOD, HITFIX: "Yes, it can" doesn't mean "yes, it will." There is a big difference. Anything is possible with a long break in between nominations and deadline day, but I don't believe Johnny Weir's ice skating routine or Lindsey Vonn winning gold is going to distract Oscar voters enough to jump on the 'Basterds' bandwagon. Now, if the Weinsteins had been smart enough to ditch "Nine" when they knew it was a dud at the beginning of November and really focused on "Basterds" the chances were much more.
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