As many people already know, with 10 best picture nominees, there is a new voting system being used for Best Picture. Rather than simply check out one film, members will be forced to rank them in order. This is confusing some people. Most assume this is just simply a head to head battle between Avatar and The Hurt Locker. This year more than any other there is a greater chance of an upset from Inglourious Basterds, Up in the Air, Precious, etc. The point is, Best Picture is going to be tough to call with great confidence. The safe bet is Avatar or Hurt Locker, but don't be surprised.
Steve Pond at USA Today did a great job looking at this process. I found it very interesting as he provided an example where the film with the second most number one votes wins Best Picture rather than the one with the most. Click HERE to check it out.