Critics Predict Oscar's Big Winners

Best Actor

The critics dub this race "The Sean and Mickey Show." Mickey Rourke, star of "The Wrestler" and comeback kid of the year, was the winner at the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes, where he famously thanked his dogs. He competes against the always acclaimed Sean Penn, who took home the Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice awards for his tour de force in "Milk."

"They've given ties before," Travers said, but he, like Rozen and Bailes, are members of what they call Team Penn.

"This isn't just another good Sean Penn performance," Travers said. "This is really close to the best Sean Penn performance."

The critics are also unanimous when it comes to who the Oscar shouldn't go to. That unlucky distinction falls on Brad Pitt, who plays a wrinkly little boy/dashing old man in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Pitt looks great during those dreamy motorcycle scenes, but the critics agreed the top-notch makeup artists deserve the most credit.

Best Picture

Cue up the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" music. The million-dollar question: Who will win Best Picture at the Oscars? Is it?

a) "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

b) "Frost/Nixon"

c) "The Reader"

d) "Milk"

e) "Slumdog Millionaire."

Without employing a single lifeline, Rozen goes for "e" -- "Slumdog Millionaire" -- the feel-good film from director Danny Boyle.

"In many ways, you come out of it and you go, 'That's what I want in a movie.'"

Final answer? Not so fast. With anti-"Slumdog" conspiracy theories swirling, there is always the possibility of a surprise. (Think "Crash" whacking "Brokeback Mountain" two years ago.)

"I think 'Slumdog' is the winner," Travers said. "But I have in my heart hope that 'Milk' will create an upset."

They're all just predictions for now; tune into ABC Sunday at 8 p.m. ET to find out who takes home all these trophies.

ABC News Radio's David Blaustein contributed to this story.

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