What Are Your Picks for Best Picture?

  • Publish Date: January 21, 2010
  • Comments: ↓ 42 user comments

We want your Academy Award predictions!

ImageThe nominees are still up in the air

With the February 2nd announcement of the Academy Award nominations rapidly approaching, everybody seems to have an opinion on the likely nominees. We'd like to know yours.

Can Metacritic users do a better job of predicting the nominees than the "experts"? Let's find out. Give us your list of likely best picture nominees -- and the acting and directing nominees as well, if you like -- and we'll tally the results. Then, in early February, we'll publish your predictions and compare them to those of the professionals, and see which group did a better job of guessing the actual nominees.

Remember, the Academy will be nominating 10 films (rather than the usual five) for best picture this year, so you will have to dig deep and come up with a list of 10 movies that you feel will get selected.

Need help making your selections? You may want to review our list of the best-reviewed movies of 2009, which also includes the movies that wound up on critic top-ten lists at the end of the year. If you think the Golden Globes are a good indicator, we have a list of those winners as well. Metacritic's Film Editor has also compiled a list of the movies that have already earned nominations and awards from a variety of critic, press and professional organizations.

Oh, and there's no need to guess the actual winners yet -- we'll ask for those closer to the actual awards ceremony in March.


Submit a comment (using the form below) that lists your 10 predicted best picture nominees. You may also list 5 predicted nominees for lead actor, 5 for lead actress, and 5 for best director. Please do not list any other categories (there's only so much tallying we can do). Submissions with more than 10 best picture predictions and more than 5 predictions for the acting or directing categories will be disregarded. One submission per person, please. Voting closes at 11:59pm PST on January 31st.

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Comments (42)

  • JM  

    *Best Picture
    An Education
    A Serious Man
    Up In the Air
    The Hurt Locker
    Inglorious Basterds
    A Single Man
    500 Dayos of Summer

  • Gordon  

    An Education
    Inglorious Basterds
    The Hurt Locker
    Up in the Air
    District 9
    A Serious Man

    James Cameron, Avatar
    Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
    Quentin Tarrentino, Inglorious Basterds
    Lee Daniels, Precious
    Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

    Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
    George Clooney, Up in the Air
    Colin Firth, A Single Man
    Morgan Freeman, Invictus
    Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

    Carey Mulligan, An Education
    Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
    Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
    Meryl Streep, Julie&Julia
    Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria

  • Jota  

    Best Picture:
    District 9
    An Education
    The Hurt Locker
    Inglourious Basterds
    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    A Serious Man
    Up in the Air

    Best Director:
    Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
    James Cameron – Avatar
    Lee Daniels – Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    Jason Reitman – Up in the Air
    Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

    Best Actor:
    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:
    Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
    Helen Mirren – The Last Station
    Carey Mulligan – An Education
    Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

  • Nick  

    Best Picture:
    1. Up in the Air
    2. Up 3. Inglorious Basterds
    4. A Single Man
    5. The Hurt Locker
    6. Avatar
    7. Precious
    8. 500 Days of Summer
    9. Invictus
    10. An Education

    Best Actor
    1. George Clooney - Up in the Air
    2. Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
    3. Colin Firth - A Single Man
    4. Morgan Freeman - Invictus
    5. Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker

    Best Actress
    1. Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side
    2. Gabouey Sidibe - Precious
    3. Carey Mulligan - An Education
    4. Helen Mirren - The Last Station
    5. Meryl Streep - Julia & Julia Best Director
    1. Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
    2. James Cameron - Avatar
    3. Quentin Tarintino - Inglorious Basterds 4. Jason Reitman - Up In the Air 5. Les Daniels - Precious

  • Martin  

    1. Avatar
    2. An Education
    3. A Serious Man
    4. A Single Man
    5. Up In the Air
    6. The Hurt Locker
    7. Inglorious Basterds
    8. Precious
    9. Up
    10. Bright Star
    -Sandra Bullock: The Blind Side
    -Meryl Streep: Julie & Julia
    -Gabourey Sidibe: Precious
    -Carey Mulligan: An Education
    -Helen Mirren: The Last Station
    -George Clooney: Up In the Air
    -Jeff Bridges: Crazy Heart
    -Colin Firth: A Single Man
    -Nicolas Cage: The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
    - Jeremy Renner: The Hurt Locker
    -Mo'nique: Precious
    -Anna Kendrick: Up In the Air
    -Vera Farmiga: Up In the Air
    -Julianne Moore: A Single Man
    -Mariah Carey: Precious
    -Woody Harrelson: The Messenger
    -Matt Damon: Invictus
    -Christoph Waltz: Inglorious Basterds
    -Christian Mckay: Me and Orson Wells
    -Paul Schneider: Bright Star

  • Bryan  

    "An Education"
    "The Hurt Locker"
    "Inglourious Basterds"
    "Julie & Julia"
    "Star Trek"
    "Up in the Air"

    Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart"
    George Clooney ("Up in the Air"
    Colin Firth ("A Single Man"
    Morgan Freeman ("Invictus"
    Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker"

    Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side"
    Helen Mirren ("The Last Station"
    Carey Mulligan ("An Education"
    Gabouey Sidibe ("Precious"
    Meryl Streep ("Julie & Julia"

    Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"
    James Cameron ("Avatar"
    Lee Daniels ("Precious"
    Clint Eastwood ("Invictus"
    Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air"

  • The Check Spot  

    Best Picture:

    The Blind Side
    District 9
    The Hurt Locker
    Inglourious Basterds
    A Single Man
    Up in the Air

    Best Actor

    Bridges - Crazy Heart
    Clooney - Up in the Air
    Firth - A Single Man
    Freeman - Invictus
    Remner - The Hurt Locker

    Best Actress:

    Bullock- The Blind Side
    Mirren - The Last Station
    Mulligan - An Education
    Sibide - Precious
    Streep - Julie and Julia


    Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
    Blomkamp - District 9
    Cameron - Avatar
    Reitman - Up in the Air
    Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds

  • dave  

    Best Picture:
    The Hurt Locker
    Star Wars
    The Road
    Up In the Air
    The Hangover
    Crazy Heart

  • David Georgis  

    Best Picture: Up in the Air, Up, District 9, 500 Days of Summer, The Hangover. Best Actor: George Clooney-Up in the Air, Sharlto Copley-District 9, Joespeh Gordon-Levitt- 500 Days of Summer, Brad Pitt- Inglorious Basterds, Sam Worthington- Avatar. Best Director: Jason Reitman- Up in the Air, Neil Blomkamp- District 9, Marc Webb-500 days of Summer, Quentin Tarantino- Inglorious Basterds, Drew Barrymore- Whip it. Best Actress-Drew Barrymore- Whip It, Ellen Page- Whip It, Zooey Descanel- 500 days of Summer, Amanda Seyfried- Jennifer's Body, Megan Fox- Jennifer's Body

  • Matt  

    Best Director:
    James Cameron - Avatar
    Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
    Quentin Tarantino - Inlgorious Basterds
    Jason Reitman - Up In The Air
    Neill Blomkamp - District 9

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