Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

WILL WIN: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
oscar.go.com/nominees/directing/the-artist

UPSET POTENTIAL: Weak. Scorsese’s the only competition, and that's faint.


BEST ACTOR

Demián Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

WILL WIN: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
oscar.go.com/nominees/actor-in-a-leading-role/jean-dujardin

UPSET POTENTIAL: Strong. Clooney could easily take this, but Dujardin’s recent Screen Actors Guild win gives him the advantage.


BEST ACTRESS

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

WILL WIN: Viola Davis, The Help
oscar.go.com/nominees/actress-in-a-leading-role/viola-davis

UPSET POTENTIAL: Possible, but unlikely. Streep would be a surprise, but not a shocker.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close