(Note that we’re not picking the performances we think are the best of the year, but which films we believe AMPAS will honor with nominations. The winners of the 2009 OFCS Awards are here.)
The OFCS prediction for the 5 Best Actor nominees, in alphabetical order, are:
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart (38 votes)
George Clooney, Up in the Air (39 votes)
Colin Firth, A Single Man (26 votes)
Morgan Freeman, Invictus (26 votes)
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker (29 votes)
Results were calculated on a simple vote basis of one point per vote. With 39 members participating in the poll, George Clooney was, by a nose, the actor considered most likely to receive a nomination, so we’ll go out on a limb and predict that Clooney will, in fact, win the Oscar for Best Actor of 2009 for his performance in Up in the Air.
Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday, February 2, and winners at the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 7.