(Note that we’re not picking the films 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 10 Best Picture nominees, in alphabetical order, are:
Avatar (38 votes)
The Blind Side (18 votes)
An Education (26 votes)
The Hurt Locker (41 votes)
Inglourious Basterds (38 votes)
Invictus (26 votes)
Precious (34 votes)
A Serious Man (30 votes)
Up (36 votes)
Up in the Air (43 votes)
Results were calculated on a simple vote basis of one point per vote. And because 43 members participated in the poll, and only Up in the Air was chosen by all as a likely nominee, we’ll go out on a limb and predict that Up in the Air will, in fact, win the Oscar for Best Picture of 2009.
Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday, February 2, and winners at the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 7.