||UP: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire. By all accounts, his movie is this year's Little Miss Sunshine. Can it score him his first-ever nomination? We think so!
||DOWN: Clint Eastwood, Changeling. The Academy loves the guy, but critics smell a stinker.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire; David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon; Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road; Gus Van Sant, Milk
||UP: Josh Brolin, W. Critics don't love the movie, but Brolin's "pitch-perfect," they say.
||DOWN: Benicio Del Toro, Che. His performance may be great, but it's in a four-hour movie now getting mixed reviews.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road; Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon; Sean Penn, Milk; Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
||UP: Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married. It's a great role and a stellar performance that surprised practically everybody.
||DOWN: Angelina Jolie, Changeling. Her tabloid celebrity is widely assumed to have cost her a nomination last year, so nipple-showing magazine covers probably aren't helping her case this year.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married; Angelina Jolie, Changeling; Kristen Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long; Meryl Streep, Doubt; Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road
|Best Supporting Actor
||UP: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight. His nomination is a given, but can he win? He's still the front-runner!
||DOWN: Russell Crowe, Body of Lies. It's allegedly a great performance, but critics don't love the movie.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Josh Brolin, Milk; Jamie Foxx, The Soloist; Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight; Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Road; Michael Sheen, Frost/Nixon
|Best Supporting Actress
||UP: Debra Winger, Rachel Getting Married. She's thrice-nominated and returning to the screen after a three-year absence. Ecstatic reviews don't hurt either.
||DOWN: Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler. Even her nude scenes can't take the media focus off Mickey Rourke.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Kathy Bates, Revolutionary Road, Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona; Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler; Debra Winger, Rachel Getting Married