By Dave Karger
Updated November 28, 2008 at 09:02 PM EST
Francois Duhamel

For this week’s issue of EW (out today) I was asked to put together a status report on this year’s Best Picture race. Now that I’ve seen virtually every contender, I assembled a roughly ranked list of the eight films I thought had a shot of getting nominated on Jan. 22. Here they are:

1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2. Slumdog Millionaire
3. Frost/Nixon
4. Revolutionary Road
5. Doubt
6. Milk
7. The Dark Knight
8. Australia

The story closed this past Monday; now that I’ve seen the fantastic reviews for Milk and the horrible early box office for Australia, I might have amended things a bit. (And for what it’s worth, if I had had room for 10 films, I would have added The Reader and Gran Torino as well.) I know all of you out there will have opinions on my list. So let me have it. And have a great long weekend.

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