Updated – The winners are in Bold and Italics. This post will be updated after the awards on Sunday with the actual winners . Here are my picks for the categories that I care for or have some knowledge to predict.

ACTOR — LEADING
George ClooneyMICHAEL CLAYTON
Daniel Day-LewisTHERE WILL BE BLOOD -> It’s DDL, need I say more? Although I wish the academy surprises all of us by snubbing him and giving it to Viggo. Fun!
Johnny DeppSWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
Tommy Lee JonesIN THE VALLEY OF ELAH
Viggo MortensenEASTERN PROMISES
ACTOR — SUPPORTING
Casey AffleckTHE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
Javier BardemNO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN -> Without a doubt, although I am surprised he is not in the best actor category? Anthony Hopkins had a much less screen time in ‘The Slience of the Lambs’ and he was nominated (and won) the Best Actor category. Hmmm!
Philip Seymour HoffmanCHARLIE WILSON’S WAR
Hal HolbrookINTO THE WILD
Tom WilkinsonMICHAEL CLAYTON
ACTRESS — LEADING
Cate BlanchettELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE -> You can do a great Elizabeth, we get it!
Julie ChristieAWAY FROM HER -> It’s Julie Christie and she’s got Alzheimer’s, sealed.
Marion CotillardLA VIE EN ROSE
Laura LinneyTHE SAVAGES -> She’s the Ivan Lendl of the Oscars.
Ellen PageJUNO-> My pick, I really wish she wins.
ACTRESS — SUPPORTING
Cate Blanchett– I’M NOT THERE -> If she’s nominated in two categories, she’s gotta win one, plus she plays a “Man” and not any Man, Bob Dylan.
Ruby DeeAMERICAN GANGSTER -> Something tells me she might ruin Cate’s party,
Saoirse RonanATONEMENT
Amy RyanGONE BABY GONE
Tilda SwintonMICHAEL CLAYTON
ANIMATED FEATURE
PERSEPOLIS
RATATOUILLE -> No competition here (I think this movie should have been in best picture category)
SURF’S UP
CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
ATONEMENT -> That one tracking shot will probably help in this win
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
DIRECTING
Julian SchnabelTHE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY -> My pick, I think Julian Schnabel will steal the thunder from the Coen brothers.
Jason ReitmanJUNO
Tony GilroyMICHAEL CLAYTON
Ethan Coen, Joel CoenNO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN -> Very likely
Paul Thomas AndersonTHERE WILL BE BLOOD
ART DIRECTION
AMERICAN GANGSTER
ATONEMENT -> Close call between this and Sweeney Todd
THE GOLDEN COMPASS
SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET -> My Pick
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
FILM EDITING
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM -> My pick
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
INTO THE WILD
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
VISUAL EFFECTS
THE GOLDEN COMPASS
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END -> We saw their wizardry twice before
TRANSFORMERS -> My pick
SOUND EDITING
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN -> It earned this award in that one motel scene
RATATOUILLE
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
TRANSFORMERS
SCREENPLAY — ADAPTED
Christopher HamptonATONEMENT
Sarah PolleyAWAY FROM HER
Ronald HarwoodTHE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY -> My pick
Joel Coen, Ethan CoenNO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Paul Thomas AndersonTHERE WILL BE BLOOD
SCREENPLAY – ORIGINAL (Nice to see three women in this category)
Diablo CodyJUNO -> My pick, a former stripper turned screenplay writer?
Nancy OliverLARS AND THE REAL GIRL
Tony GilroyMICHAEL CLAYTON
Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, Jim CapobiancoRATATOUILLE
Tamara JenkinsTHE SAVAGES
SOUND MIXING
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
RATATOUILLE -> My pick
3:10 TO YUMA
TRANSFORMERS
BEST PICTURE
ATONEMENT
JUNO
MICHAEL CLAYTON
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN -> Will be close with Blood but this is my pick (& I have not seen Blood)
THERE WILL BE BLOOD

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