If “Slumdog Millionaire” doesn’t win Best Picture of the year, pretty much every movie critic in the country will have been wrong. Critics also are predicting big wins for Heath Ledger and Kate Winslet at the 81st Academy Awards. Here’s a quick look at Oscar predictions from several critics (and a Vegas odds group) around the U.S.


Best Picture

Ebert: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Silver: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Carr: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Lemire: “Slumdog Millionaire”
SI: “Slumdog Millionaire”
AOL: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Actor

Ebert: Sean Penn
Silver: Mickey Rourke
Carr: Sean Penn
Lemire: Sean Penn
SI: Mickey Rourke
AOL: Sean Penn

Best Actress

Ebert: Kate Winslet
Silver: Kate Winslet
Carr: Kate Winslet
Lemire: Kate Winslet
SI: Kate Winslet
AOL: Kate Winslet

Best Supporting Actor

Ebert: Heath Ledger
Silver: Heath Ledger
Carr: Heath Ledger
Lemire: Heath Ledger
SI: Heath Ledger
AOL: Heath Ledger

Best Supporting Actress

Ebert: Viola Davis
Silver: Taraji P. Henson
Carr: Penelope Cruz
Lemire: Penelope Cruz
SI: Penelope Cruz
AOL: Penelope Cruz

Best Director

Ebert: Danny Boyle
Silver: Danny Boyle
Carr: Danny Boyle
Lemire: Danny Boyle
SI: Danny Boyle
AOL: Danny Boyle