MOVIE SMACKDOWN Readers Predict the Oscars!

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Based on an on-going poll of our readers’ opinions about the top Oscar possibilities, here’s what you might expect when they’re announced Thursday morning, in order of votes received:

  • #1 – SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (30.8%)
  • #2 – THE DARK KNIGHT (26.9%)
  • #3 – GRAN TORINO (23.1%)
  • #4 – THE WRESTLER (17.3%)
  • #4 – WALL-E (17.3%)
  • #4 – THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (17.3%)
The numbers add up to more than 100% because participating voters were allowed to pick their top three choices out of ten possible films. Three of our films tied for the fourth (and fifth) position.

Some high-profile films failed to excite our readers. The following films didn’t make the cut: MILK, THE READER, DOUBT, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, and FROST/NIXON.

If we turn out to be right, remember you saw it here first. If it goes differently, well, our readers are generally much more sophisticated than the average Academy voter.

About Bryce Zabel 196 Articles
Drawing inspiration from career experiences as a CNN correspondent, TV Academy chairman, creator of five produced primetime network TV series, and fast-food frycook, Bryce is the Editor-in-Chief of "Movie Smackdown." While he freely admits to having written the screenplay for the reviewer-savaged "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation," he hopes the fact that he also won the Writers Guild award a couple of years ago will cause you to cut him some slack. That, plus the fact that he has a new StudioCanal produced feature film, “The Last Battle,” shooting this summer in Europe about the end of World War II. He's also a member of the Directors Guild, Screen Actors Guild, and a past enthusiast of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. His new what-if book series, “Breakpoint,” just won the prestigious Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and has so far tackled JFK not being assassinated and The Beatles staying together.

1 Comment on MOVIE SMACKDOWN Readers Predict the Oscars!


  1. Biggest disappointments for me: No Sally Hawkins, No Springsteen. Doubt ensemble the most over-nominated perhaps ever. Most Thrilled to see Richard Jenkins on the list. Well-deserved. Expect a very Slumdog night…with Button taking a lot of technical categories.

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