This film is on fire. Actors love it, critics love it, and the Golden Globes loved it. It's been healthily nominated, now its time for this baby to win!
2. Zero Dark Thirty
The critics love this more than Lincoln. Women voters love it. Young voters love it. 98 on Metacritic. This film is ruthless, and if it wins more prizes, we might see this overtake Lincoln.
Hollywood insiders and people in the biz like it a lot. It is losing steam due to Zero Dark Thirty, though.
4. Les Miserables
It has a top notch cast that would make the SAG fall in love... which they did, with this bad boy. Mixed reviews are hurting the potential #1 votes, though. Think Nine from 2009.
5. Silver Linings Playbook
Top notch acting, well written, well directed. This is the film that will probably by 'also ran', because everything about it has been upsurped. Best Actor is going to Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actress is probably going to Jessica Chastain...
6. Django Unchained
Tarantino is back, and with a vengeance. This is entertaining, and did very well at the Golden Globes.
7. Life of Pi
Visuals. The film is still losing momentum because it really hasn't won anything besides Las Vegas.
8. The Master
This is on the cusp of being nominated, and I think it will. This is a film that can easily get #1 votes.
Gone is Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Check back for more for predictions.