Final Oscar predictions: How many trophies will 'The Artist' win?

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With Oscar ballots now in and only four days to go until the awards ceremony, The Artist is looking like the clear victor at this year’s Academy Awards. But how many trophies will it actually win on Sunday? It’s nominated in 10 categories, and I’d say it will definitely walk away with five wins (Best Picture, Director, Editing, Score, and Costume Design) and possibly as many as eight if it also snags Best Actor, Original Screenplay, and Cinematography. (The only races it certainly won’t win: Best Supporting Actress and Art Direction.) Meanwhile, Best Actor and Best Actress remain tight contests, between George Clooney and Jean Dujardin for actor and Viola Davis and Meryl Streep for actress. Here are the final EW predictions in all 24 races (with thanks to my colleague Thom Geier for taking the lead on the short-film and foreign-language categories).

Best Picture The Artist
Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Actor George Clooney, The Descendants
Best Actress Viola Davis, The Help
Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Original Screenplay Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Best Adapted Screenplay Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon, The Descendants
Best Editing The Artist
Best Cinematography The Tree of Life
Best Costume Design The Artist
Best Art Direction Hugo
Best Original Score The Artist
Best Original Song “Man or Muppet,” The Muppets
Best Makeup The Iron Lady
Best Sound Editing Hugo
Best Sound Mixing Hugo
Best Visual Effects Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Best Foreign-Language Film A Separation
Best Documentary Feature Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Best Animated Feature Rango
Best Animated Short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Best Live-Action Short The Shore
Best Documentary Short Saving Face

I’ll be on the Oscars carpet and backstage during the telecast, so follow me on Twitter (@davekarger) for all the behind-the-scenes scoop.

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