Oscar experts clash over predictions at The Envelope's Buzzmeter
Most Oscar experts at The Envelope's Buzzmeter think "The King's Speech" will win best picture: Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Susan King (L.A. Times), Mark Olsen (L.A. Times), Betsy Sharkey (L.A. Times), Anne Thompson (Indiewire) and me.
However, there are significant naysayers who still back early front-runner "The Social Network": Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere).
Curiously, they all predict "Social Network" helmer David Fincher will win best director even though he lost to Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") at DGA.
Beyond best picture, the other category that invites most disagreement is best supporting actress. Everybody opts for Melissa Leo ("The Fighter") except three pundits who foresee an upset by Hailee Steinfeld ("True Grit") –- Karger, Thompson and Stone.
Visit the Buzzmeter here and remember to click through links to all the top categories.
-- Tom O'Neil