For me, the awards season really jump-starts when the National Board of Review releases its list of honorees. Last year they were the first group to single out eventual winners Slumdog Millionaire and Penelope Cruz. Their lead-acting winners almost always go on to earn Oscar nods (I’m thinking it’ll be Colin Firth and Meryl Streep this time), but I’m most curious to see what their top 10 list looks like when their winners are announced tomorrow. Actually, it’s more like a top 11, since they name a Best Picture winner and then a separate top 10. My predictions are below; tell me yours in the comments and we’ll see who gets the most correct.

Best Picture

Up in the Air

Top 10

An Education

The Hurt Locker


It’s Complicated

The Lovely Bones

The Messenger


A Serious Man

A Single Man