And the winner is … Who knows?
The late entry into the race by buzzed-about films Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has made for a wide-open Oscar race for Best Picture this year.
“I can’t remember a year like this where there was no clear front-runner,” says a longtime awards season veteran. “Nobody knows where this race is going.”
Complicating the race is that few critics, much less Academy voters, have seen two of these major Awards season players.