||UP: James Cameron, Avatar. Creatively included in every review so far: the phrase "King of the World."
||DOWN: Rob Marshall, Nine. Early reviews aren't great. Harvey should still be able to get the movie a nod, but Marshall's could be tricky.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker; Lee Daniels, Precious; Clint Eastwood, Invictus; Rob Marshall, Nine; Jason Reitman, Up in the Air.
||UP: Colin Firth, A Single Man. Between him and Morgan Freeman, Firth seems to have critics slightly more impressed this week.
||DOWN: Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine. "Sporting a scruffy beard and running a hand through long hair only goes so far," says HR. He "looks like he's having stomach trouble," raves EW.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart; George Clooney, Up in the Air; Colin Firth, A Single Man; Morgan Freeman, Invictus; Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker.|
|Best Actress ||UP: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side. She's trampling vampires at the box office and smiling on the buzz-trumpeting cover of EW. We like her chances.||DOWN: Marion Cotillard, Nine. Is she really "the stuff of bad soap opera"?
|Abbie Cornish, Bright Star; Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side; Helen Mirren, The Last Station; Carey Mulligan, An Education; Gabourey Sidibe, Precious; Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia.
|Best Supporting Actor
||UP: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds. With buzz cooling on most of his competition, this early front-runner should get a boost when Basterds screeners hit mailboxes next week.
||DOWN: Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones. We hear he's good, but critics are too busy blasting the movie this week to notice.
|CURRENT PREDIX: Matt Damon, Invictus; Alfred Molina, An Education; Christopher Plummer, The Last Station; Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones; Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds.
|Best Supporting Actress
||UP: Julianne Moore, A Single Man. "Marvelous." "Absolutely buoyant." "Explosively good." Pretty much her usual reviews.
||DOWN: Mo'Nique, Precious. Sure, you think her anti-campaign is funny, but we doubt the Academy does. (She'll still win, though.)
|CURRENT PREDIX: Penélope Cruz, Nine; Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air; Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air; Mo'nique, Precious; Julianne Moore, A Single Man.