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The Oscar Nominations: Our Final Predictions

Ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Sasha Grey.

Well, the Oscar nominations will finally be announced tomorrow and we couldn't possibly be more excited. What will they be? Beats us! Even so, we've been tracking the potential contenders since October in our weekly Oscar Futures column and, using a patented combination of semi-educated guesswork, dart throwing, and wishful thinking, we've arrived at a set of predictions that will almost certainly make us look ridiculous when the names are officially revealed.

Best Picture
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
Slumdog Millionaire
Wall-E

Best Director
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant, Milk

Best Actor:
Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Actress:
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actor:
Josh Brolin, Milk
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actress:
Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best Original Screenplay:
Milk
Rachel Getting Married
The Visitor
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Wall-E

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Doubt
Frost/Nixon
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Photo: Courtesy of AMPAS