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The Last Available Slots in the Major Oscar Races

The Last Available Slots in the Major Oscar Races

In less than three weeks, the Oscar nominations will be announced. After months of pundits and movie fans making predictions, they will see if they were right on the morning on January 25. However, there’s a good chance that most of their Oscar nomination predictions will be right. By now, so much has happened, and so many pre-Academy Awards have been given out, that many of the nominees are pre ordained. With much of the field seemingly locked in, it leaves only a select few spots to fight over in the major Oscar categories.

The Best Picture field is at 10 for the second year in a row. Last year, the Academy had to strain to find 10 films, but that isn’t the case this time. The Social Network and The King’s Speech remain the favorites, while The Fighter and True Grit are battling to be the top spoiler. Inception, Toy Story 3 and The Kids Are All Right secured their slots back in summer. Black Swan is the riskiest of the contenders, yet it appears to have enough support to break in. This leaves only two places left for the remaining Best Picture candidates.

When the race for the Oscar nominations really started, it looked like 127 Hours would be among the leaders. But now it is squarely on the bubble, as movies such as The Town and Winter’s Bone have gained momentum. If they falter, then perhaps smaller indies like Rabbit Hole and Blue Valentine will surge, since …