By: Vickie J. Rubinson
Most of these movies aren't even out yet. But that hasn't stopped Academy voters from already talking Best Picture.
J. Edgar: Clint Eastwood's last four films failed to make the Best Picture cut. But there's no genre that's more Oscar friendly than the biopic.
The Iron Lady: Meryl Streep's turn as British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is said to be a career highlight for the Academy favorite.
The Artist: The delightful black-and-white silent film was the crowd-pleasing sensation of Cannes.
We Bought a Zoo: Cameron Crowe and Matt Damon's true-life tale of a family man who, yes, buys a zoo could be one of the holiday season's breakout hits.
War Horse: Steven Spielberg's helming a period piece set during a time of war? On paper, this adaptation of the acclaimed stage production seems like a slam dunk.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Stephen Daldry (The Reader), has earned Best Director nods for all three of his films so far. This time he's got acting winners Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock on board.