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2012 Awards Season: The Artist Hot Oscar Favorite

February 26th, 2012

We have received all the votes now in our annual Predict the Oscars contest, and the big prize of the night is predicted to go to The Artist, which scored a remarkable 86% of all votes, making it the hottest favorite to win the prize since Slumdog Millionaire won 91% of the votes in 2009. Several other categories have overwhelming favorites, with Rango winning 86% support for Best Animated Feature, Christopher Plummer scoring 88% for Supporting Actor, and Octavia Spencer 84% for Supporting Actress. Numbers readers seem very confident in their predictions this year in general, with the winner in 21 out of 24 categories receiving more than half of the votes.

The Artist is favorite in six categories overall, with Michel Hazanavicius predicted to win Best Director and Jean Dujardin getting most votes for Best Actor. It also tops the poll for Costume Design, Film Editing and Original Score. Hugo looks as though it will pick up the second-largest haul with three technical awards: Art Directing, Sound Editing and Sounds Mixing. Other than that, only one film is predicted to win more than one award: The Help's Viola Davis is expected to join Octavia Spencer and give the film both actress awards.

With the Oscars spread far and wide, we should be in for an interesting evening. You can follow along here at The Numbers as C.S. Live Blogs the event tonight.

- Click here to see our predicted winners
- Click here to see the complete vote tallies in each category

Filed under: Awards Season, Hugo, The Help, The Artist