Here's my first round of predictions, based on today's Oscar nominations. Sending my list to Movie City News now for Gurus o' Gold...
Best motion picture of the year
"The Hurt Locker"
Performance by an actor in a leading role
Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart"
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds"
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side"
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Mo'Nique in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
Achievement in directing
"The Hurt Locker", Kathryn Bigelow
"Up in the Air", Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
"Inglourious Basterds", Written by Quentin Tarantino
Best animated feature film of the year
Best documentary feature
Best foreign language film of the year
"The White Ribbon", Germany
Achievement in art direction
"Avatar", Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
Achievement in cinematography
"The Hurt Locker", Barry Ackroyd
Achievement in costume design
"Nine", Colleen Atwood
Best documentary short subject
"The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant", Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
Achievement in film editing
"Inglourious Basterds", Sally Menke
Achievement in makeup
"Star Trek", Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
"Avatar", James Horner
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
"The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart"
Best animated short film
"A Matter of Loaf and Death", Nick Park
Best live action short film
"Kavi", Gregg Helvey
Achievement in sound editing
"Avatar", Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
Achievement in sound mixing
"Avatar", Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
Achievement in visual effects
"Avatar", Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones