Certain awards seem like sure things at this point...Daniel Day-Lewis, Javier Bardem and the Coen Bros. all seem very likely to be adding an academy statuet (or in the case of Joel and Ethan Coen, as many as 4 statuettes) to their awards collections.
But some Oscar races, especially best lead and supporting actress, still leave room for surprises.
Here's my Academy Awards predictions...
Best Picture: No Country For Old Men
Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men (I'd love to see Schanebel win)
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Best Actress: Julie Christie, Away From Here
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton
Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody, Juno
Best Adapted Screenplay: P.T. Anderson, There Will Be Blood
Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille
Best Documentary Feature: No End in Sight
Best Foreign Language Film: The Counterfitters (Austria)
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, No Country For Old Men (as I predicted in July, otherwise I might've gone with Robert Elswit's work in There Will Be Blood)
Best Editing: Christopher Rouse, The Bourne Ultimatum
Art Direction: Atonement
Costume Design: Atonement (a.k.a. The Green Dress)
Makeup: La Vie En Rose
Original Song: "Falling Slowly," Once (Enchanted canceling itself out???)
Original Score: Dario Marianelli, Atonement (the type-writer! although Kite Runner or Ratatoille seem like better choices)
Visual Effects: Transformers
Sound Mixing: Transformers
Sound Editing: Transformers
and even though I don't care...
Best Animated Short: I Met The Walrus
Best Live Action Short: The Mozart of Pickpockets
Best Documentary Short: Sari's Mother