What to Bet on Oscar Night
The Daily Beast predicts the winners
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2010 5:10 AM CST
In this film publicity file image released by Summit Entertainment, Jeremy Renner is shown in a scene from, "The Hurt Locker."   (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment)
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(Newser) – If you’re not sure how to bet in this year’s office Oscar pool, take a look at the Daily Beast’s rundown of your best picks:

  • Best Picture: The Hurt Locker. In addition to being a critical darling and having swept most guild and critics’ awards so far this season, director Kathryn Bigelow “is drenched in goodwill for making a timely and important film”…and for being a woman.
  • Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart. Amazingly, Bridges has yet to win an Oscar—and this one “feels like destiny.” He’s picked up quite a few awards already, including the bellwether Screen Actors Guild.
  • Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side. Remember when America’s sweetheart Julia Roberts won an Oscar for her gritty performance in Erin Brockovich? Yeah, this is like that.

  • Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds. He’s on a winning streak already, and is considered “the shoo-in of shoo-ins.”
  • Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, Precious. Her “magnificently terrifying performance” makes her another shoo-in.
  • Best Animated Feature: Up. “It's always a good bet to go with Pixar on Oscar night, but never more so than this year.” Up “is one of the best-reviewed films of the year.”
  • Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker. She would be the first woman to win the top directing prize, and even ex-husband and competitor James Cameron is voting for her.
  • Best Visual Effects: Avatar. It’s a “gimme.” If anything else wins, it “would be the biggest Oscar upset in recent memory.”
For the complete list, click here.