Michael Wilmington's Oscar nomination picks:

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    • And the winner is...

      What film should win an Oscar for Best Picture?

      • "Chicago"
      • "Gangs of New York"
      • "The Hours"
      • "The Lord of the RIngs" The Two Towers"
      • "The Pianist"
      • "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
      • "About Schmidt"

      Who deserves an Oscar for Best Actress?

      • Nicole Kidman ("The Hours")
      • Julianne Moore ("Far from Heaven")
      • Diane Lane ("Unfaithful")
      • Renee Zellweger ("Chicago")
      • Meryl Streep ("The Hours")
      • Selma Hayek ("Frida")
      • Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding")

      How about Best Actor?

      • Jack Nicholson ("About Schmidt")
      • Daniel Day-Lewis ("Gangs of New York")
      • Adrian Brody ("The Pianist")
      • Michael Caine ("The Quiet American")
      • Nicholas Cage ("Adaptation")
      • Hugh Grant ("About a Boy")
      • Edward Norton ("25th Hour")
    • Our guide to the movies
  • "Gangs of New York"
  • "The Hours"
  • "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
  • "The Pianist"
  • Dark horse: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

    "Chicago" and "The Hours" are the locks. The shakiest (unfortunately) may be the loved-and-hated "Gangs of New York" — with "About Schmidt" and "Adaptation" breathing down its neck.

  • Stephen Daldry ("The Hours")
  • Peter Jackson ("LOTR: The Two Towers")
  • Rob Marshall ("Chicago")
  • Roman Polanski ("The Pianist")
  • Martin Scorsese ("Gangs of New York")
  • Dark horse: Pedro Almodovar ("Talk to Her")

    The big questions here: Will Polanski's "fugitive" status swing enough votes against him, and can Marshall hang on against the challenges of the better known Todd Haynes ("Far from Heaven") and Alexander Payne ("About Schmidt")?

  • Jack Nicholson ("About Schmidt")