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Oscars final predictions: 'The Artist' trophies?

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Artist 2011 Film
Peter Iovino

With Oscar ballots now in and only four days to go until the awards ceremony, The Artist is looking like the clear victor at this year’s Academy Awards. But how many trophies will it actually win on Sunday? It’s nominated in 10 categories, and I’d say it will definitely walk away with five wins (Best Picture, Director, Editing, Score, and Costume Design) and possibly as many as eight if it also snags Best Actor, Original Screenplay, and Cinematography. (The only races it certainly won’t win: Best Supporting Actress and Art Direction.) Meanwhile, Best Actor and Best Actress remain tight contests, between George Clooney and Jean Dujardin for actor and Viola Davis and Meryl Streep for actress. Here are the final EW predictions in all 24 races (with thanks to my colleague Thom Geier for taking the lead on the short-film and foreign-language categories).

Best Picture The Artist

Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Actor George Clooney, The Descendants

Best Actress Viola Davis, The Help

Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Original Screenplay Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Best Adapted Screenplay Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon, The Descendants

Best Editing The Artist

Best Cinematography The Tree of Life

Best Costume Design The Artist

Best Art Direction Hugo

Best Original Score The Artist

Best Original Song “Man or Muppet,” The Muppets

Best Makeup The Iron Lady

Best Sound Editing Hugo

Best Sound Mixing Hugo

Best Visual Effects Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Foreign-Language Film A Separation

Best Documentary Feature Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Best Animated Feature Rango

Best Animated Short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Best Live-Action Short The Shore

Best Documentary Short Saving Face

I’ll be on the Oscars carpet and backstage during the telecast, so follow me on Twitter (@davekarger) for all the behind-the-scenes scoop.