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All accounted for? Just to be on the safe side, let's include the traditional showy, big-book adaptation, Ang Lee's take on Yann Martel'sLife of Pi, to bring the Best Picture nominations to the maximum 10. And as the unreality of pondering Oscars clouds my mind, and wish fulfillment replaces rational thought, I'll go ahead with my initial impulse and predict Kathryn Bigelow will be nominated for Best Director.

PETER KEOUGH :: PKEOUGH@PHX.COM


PETER'S PICKS

BEST PICTURE
[Shoo-ins]
Argo
Lincoln
Les Misérables
The Sessions
Silver Linings Playbook

[Options if the Academy expands list to 10, in order of likelihood]
Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Amour

BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck (Argo)
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Tom Hooper (Les Misérables)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)


BEST ACTOR
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
John Hawkes (The Sessions)
Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
Denzel Washington (Flight)


BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
Naomi Watts (The Impossible)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin (Argo)
Javier Bardem (Skyfall)
Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sally Field (Lincoln)
Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy)
Maggie Smith (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)

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