By Dave Karger
Updated December 01, 2008 at 08:57 PM EST

After weeks of idle speculation by the likes of me, the awards season really kicks off this Thursday with the announcement of the National Board of Review’s list of honorees. A largely mysterious group made up of mostly older film historians and cinephiles, the NBR usually leans toward prestige films with a curve ball or two thrown in (The Bucket List on last year’s top 10, for instance). While they also give out awards for Best Actor and Best Actress (Clint Eastwood and Kate Winslet, I’m thinking), I’m most interested to see their top 10 list for this year. If I had to guess what their No. 1 film will be, I’d go the obvious route and say The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. And here are my predictions for their entire top 10:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Gran Torino
Rachel Getting Married
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire
The Visitor

Post your top-10 guesses below. And on Thursday I’ll give a shoutout to the OscarWatcher who gets the most correct.

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