Predictions of Academy Awards nominees not so clear

By Tucker Harrington

Before the new year starts, many movie buffs have started to guess who will be up for what when it comes to the Oscars. However, this year isn’t as clean-cut as years previous, and many critics are clueless on which films may get nods and which will be left out, according to USA Today.

Last year, all of the awards prior to the Oscars highlighted and recognized films such as “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech,” so it was clear that they would be up for Best Picture. However, this year, the previous awards have been including everything from a throwback black and white film in “The Artist” to one that is family-friendly in “Hugo.”

Many critics do not believe that the Academy Awards will fill all of their 10 Best Picture slots this time, as they have done in years prior. But they do suspect that it is possible to see “The Help,” “The Tree of Life,” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” in the running.

There is one aspect that is definite when it comes to this year’s Academy Awards, and that is the nominations will be announced on January 24.