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Who’s up, who’s down, and who’s currently leading the race for a coveted Oscar nomination.

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Oscar Futures: Our Final Predictions for the Nominees

Ahead of Tuesday’s nominations, enjoy Vulture’s official predictions for the eight biggest Oscar races.

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    Oscar Futures: The 12 Contenders of ChristmasAs the awards circus takes a midseason break, let’s zoom out to take stock of the Best Picture field.
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