Tomorrow morning at 5:38:30 AM PST, the Oscar nominations will be announced. It's time for the annual parlor game: What is your guess for the film that will get the most nominations? Last year it was a tie between NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and THERE WILL BE BLOOD (garnering 8 nominations each).
Here are the possible choices for this year:
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON: With two likely acting nominations (Pitt and Taraji P. Henson) and a possible third in Cate Blanchett, plus all the crafts nominations (Art Direction, Make-up, Music) and the techincal ones (Editing, Visual Effects)-- it's up for a slew of nominations.
THE DARK KNIGHT: Only one acting nomination plus possible shutouts in a few crafts areas (costume, art direction-set decoration) will probably put it a few behind the leader.
DOUBT: It's chance at four acting nominations (Streep, Hoffman, Adams, Viola Davis) puts it in the running, even if it will get little else outside of adapted screenplay.
FROST/NIXON: Will likely only get one acting nomination (Frank Langella) and little in the way of crafts, but with Picture/Director/Adapted Screenplay/Editing, has an outside chance.
MILK: Two acting noms (Penn and Brolin) plus all the crafts (except make-up) will not be enough-- it won't likely make it into the technical areas.
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE: Might not even get one acting nomination, could pick up some crafts/technical nominations (definitely: score, cinematography, and editing) but probably won't sweep them.
THE WRESTLER: With two acting nominations (Rourke, Tomei) and possibilities in many different categories (Director, Screenplay, Art Direction-Set Decoration, Song) has a dark horse chance, but only if it can pull off a miraculous Best Picture nomination.
My Guess: It seems like THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON will nab the most nominations (despite the current running toward SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE for the Best Picture win).