If I had to pick who I would nominate in the top 8 categories right now, with still an immense list of films to see, I would be hard pressed.
It may look something like this:
Best Picture: District 9, Inglourious Basterds, Los Abrazos Rotos, Precious, Up.A whole lotta 'Precious' love. Sue me!
Best Director: Bigelow, Bloomkamp, Daniels, Doctor, Tarantino
Adapted Screenplay: District 9, Coraline, The Hurt Locker, In The Loop, Precious.
Original Screenlay: (500) Days of Summer, Away We Go, Inglourious Basterds, Los Abrazos Rotos, Up
Best Actor: Clooney, Copley, Gordon-Levitt, Renner, Rockwell
Best Actress: Cruz, Ronan, Rudolph, Sibide, Streep.
Best Supporting Actor: Capaldi, Galifianakis, Mackie, Tucci (J&J), Waltz
Best Supporting Actress: Farmiga, Kendrick, Laurent, Mo'Nique, Pike.
I fully expect some films to make an impact on that line up. This includes the following:
A Single Man, Amreeka, Avatar, Bright Star, Crazy Heart, Julia, Me and Orson Welles, Nine, The Last Station, The Maid, The Messenger and The Road.