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Oscar derby update: Front-runners to win best picture

September 8, 2010 |  8:37 am

Now that some of the top Oscar contenders have been spied at the Telluride and Venice Film Festivals, it's time to take a snapshot of the derby track for best picture. Below are the 15 front-runners for the 10 slots in the lead race, plus a rundown of other ponies in the contest.

Kings speech the social network

Steve Pond (The Odds, The Wrap) correctly predicted last year that "The Hurt Locker" might end up winning. Now he's forecasting "The King's Speech." Most other pundits believe "The Social Network" is out front. Keep in mind that many top contenders still haven't been seen, like Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter," James L. Brooks' "Everything You've Got" or "How Do You Know" (title still uncertain), Joel and Ethan Coen's "True Grit," David O. Russell's "The Fighter" and Edward Zwick's "Love and Other Drugs."

Gold Derby will be at the Toronto Film Festival later this week to report the latest industry and media reax to derby rivals.

"Another Year"
"Black Swan"
"Blue Valentine"
"Everything You've Got" (or "How Do You Know")
"The Fighter"
"The Kids Are All Right"
"The King’s Speech"
"Love and Other Drugs"
"Never Let Me Go"
"127 Hours"
"The Social Network"
"Toy Story 3"
"True Grit"

"How to Train Your Dragon"
"The Tempest"
"The Town"
"The Tree of Life"
"The Way Back"
"Winter's Bone"

Left photo: A scene from "The King's Speech." Credit: Weinstein Co.

Right photo: A scene from "The Social Network." Credit: Columbia Pictures

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