Tomorrow morning at 5:30ish AM PST (the official site says 5:30 but it's traditionally been 5:38), 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 HUGO (with 11 nominations), besting eventual Best Picture winner THE ARTIST (that got 10 nominations).
This year is unusual because it appears that it's only a two pony race and neither is (arguably) Best Picture frontrunner ZERO DARK THIRTY:
It seems it's either LINCOLN or LES MISERABLES. LES MIZ has a one-nod bump with a possible Best Song nominations but only has two acting nominations likely to LINCOLN's likely three. It seems like LINCOLN has this. I really want to buck the obvious and go LES MIZ but I will give it to LINCOLN for my predix this year.
Maybe the "game" this year should instead be what will be #3? Here we have a long list: ARGO, DJANGO UNCHAINED, ZERO DARK THIRTY, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, LIFE OF PI (which will have that F/X nomination to make up for no acting nominations), SKYFALL (which could theoretically nab nominations for Bardem and Judi Dench-- how I would LOVE to see Dench get in there... go SKYFALL!!!). My guess here would be: ZERO DARK THIRTY... guess it has to be, with ARGO a close #4.
What is the #1 acting nomination I'd like to see tomorrow morning?: Bradley Cooper Best Actor for SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (and unfortunately it's not a sure thing at all). As for "crafts" noms: SKYFALL for Best Cinematography and THE SESSIONS for Editing (longshot, for sure).
Can't wait for the nominations! Go Bond!