Is it really possible to predict the Oscars a full year in advance? The answer…you bet! Last year, numerous Oscar sites, us included, had “The Departed” in the top five. But ultimately, the fact that it seemed to be a violent and commercial gangster film convinced most experts to pass it by. We should have anticipated the temptation to honor a legendary director like Martin Scorsese and the sheer power of a cast featuring the likes of Nicholson, DiCaprio, and Damon.