"I would have said six months ago probably not, but 'The Artist' is not just about Jean Dujardin but about winning best picture," Travers said. "It is the movie that has all the momentum going in. 'The Artist' and Jean Dujardin have created some kind of love thing. The Academy and that movie just love each other."
And "The Descendants" might not be able to compare to that love thing.
"People like it, but they don't feel this love and passion for it that I think they feel for 'The Artist,'" Travers said.
But these are two exceptional performances so the question still stands, who will win?
"They're both really good," Travers said. "I don't think that anybody that admires really good acting could be really disappointed if George or Jean won."
The ballots of the nearly 6,000 Academy members are in but the world will have to wait until this Sunday's ceremony to find out who is worthy of the 2012 Best Actor statue.