Oscar 2009: Best Picture Predictions

Ten of the these 16 pictures likely will get Best Picture nomination, now that the filed is wider and includes more films. But be prepared for major surprises.
 
Frontrunners
 
Avatar
Up in the Air
The Hurt Locker
 
 Strong Contenders                                                                                                                  
Invictus
Up
Precious
Serious Men
An Education
      
Also Competing
 
            District 9
Inglourious Basterds
The Blind Side
The Hangover
            Nine
 
Long Shots                                                                                                                 
 
Julie & Julia
The Last Station
The Messenger