SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway. Can we pinpoint the moment she latched hold of the gold? Was it that first public "Les Miz" screening at New York's Lincoln Center on Nov. 23? Or the premiere of the movie's 98-second trailer, set entirely to Hathaway singing "I Dreamed a Dream," at the end of May? Or was it when Hathaway was just 7 and saw her mother play Fantine on stage in Philadelphia and started building her own castle on a cloud? We may never know, but we're pretty sure Hathaway will deliver a great speech that will last about as long as "I Dreamed a Dream" and leak roughly the same volume of tears.
SOUND MIXING: "Pi" could well win here, but we suspect that "Les Miz," which has picked up awards from BAFTA, the Motion Picture Sound Editors and the Cinema Audio Society, will prevail. Recording the singing live posed a huge challenge, and even if the results were hit-and-miss, voters will recognize the effort involved.Laurie Sparham / Universal Pictures