In recent years, the British Academy of Film and Television Awards have contributed much to Oscar speculation. None has been bigger than this year, when they nominated “The Reader” for Best Picture. Turns out they were on to something, as “The Reader” shocked the world by bumping “The Dark Knight” off the Best Picture list. In fact, BAFTA’s Best Picture nominees exactly mirror the Oscars this year. Also last year, Tilda Swinton burst onto the scene and took home supporting actress honors for “Michael Clayon.” The momentum held through the Oscars as she walked away a surprise winner from Kodak theater. The BAFTAs are the only other major awards show that feature categories such as sound, costume design, editing, and visual effects. So this will be the first opportunity to see who will emerge as frontrunners in all the technical categories. Of particular interest now is Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, where Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke and Penelope Cruz and Viola Davis are fighting extremely tight battles. Tomorrow will be a VERY interesting day. Here are our predictions:

Best Picture – Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director – Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor – Sean Penn, Milk

Best Actress – Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best Actor – Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Best Supporting Actress – Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Original Screenplay – In Bruges

Best Adapted Screenplay – The Reader

Best Cinematography – Slumdog Millionaire

Best Editing – Slumdog Millionaire

Bets Production Design – Changeling

Best Costume Design – The Duchess

Best Music – Slumdog Millionaire

Best Visual Effects – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Sound – The Dark Knight

Best Animated Film – Wall-E