Breznican: It could get as many as 13. In addition to picture, director, actor, supporting actress and supporting actor and adapted screenplay, which seem like locks for nominations, it also has a strong shot at original score, production design, cinematography, editing, sound editing, hair and makeup, and costume design.
Sharkey: More than 10 nominations, given its artistic and acting depth. There would be an incredible symmetry to it if there were 12 nominations.
Thompson: "12 Years a Slave" will get a minimum of eight and likely 10 nominations. Picture, director, screenplay, best actor, best supporting actor and actress, best cinematography, costume, editing and score.
O'Neil: Eleven bids: Picture, direction, writing, cinematography, score, editing, production design, costumes and three acting noms. It could also pop up in the sound races, but I'm not betting on it.
Karger: More. Even if it doesn't break into the sound categories, it still seems a good bet in 11 races: picture, director, script, three acting races, editing, cinematography, costumes, score, and art direction.
Whipp: It will lead the field when Oscar nominations are announced, taking at least 11. But how many will it win? That's another discussion.
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