||UP: Lee Daniels, Precious. After reading his Times Magazine profile this week, wouldn't you like to see him make an acceptance speech?
||DOWN: James Cameron, Avatar. After reading his New Yorker profile this week, wouldn't you like to see him watch the Oscars from home this year?
|CURRENT PREDIX: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker; Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire; Clint Eastwood, Invictus; Rob Marshall, Nine; Jason Reitman, Up in the Air.
||UP: Patton Oswalt, Big Fan. His movie's Gotham Awards nods were a surprise, but he is great in the movie. Could it happen?
||DOWN: Morgan Freeman, Invictus. The Playlist doesn't love the script. Maybe his part is not as great as we'd assumed?
|CURRENT PREDIX: George Clooney, Up in the Air; Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine; Colin Firth, A Single Man; Morgan Freeman, Invictus; Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker.|
|Best Actress ||UP: Helen Mirren, The Last Station. The Film Experience has seen it and they like her chances.||DOWN: Hilary Swank, Amelia. She's not bad as the movie, say reviews, but she's not given much to work with.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Abbie Cornish, Bright Star; Helen Mirren, The Last Station; Carey Mulligan, An Education; Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire; Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia.
|Best Supporting Actor
||UP: Peter Sarsgaard An Education. He's the film's male lead, but he'll slum it in supporting, Scott Feinberg reports...
||DOWN: Alfred Molina, An Education ... he's competing with his co-star; Molina's better but has a smaller role.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Matt Damon, Invictus; Alfred Molina, An Education; Christopher Plummer, The Last Station; Paul Schneider, Bright Star; Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds.
|Best Supporting Actress
||UP: Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air. She impresses in a new clip. Is hers the better role than Vera Farmiga's?
||DOWN: Mo'Nique, Precious. It's still probably her award to lose, but she comes off even more campaign-sabotaging than expected in that Times feature, and it's a long time till the Oscars.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Marion Cotillard, Nine; Judi Dench, Nine; Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air; Mo'nique, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire; Julianne Moore, A Single Man.