The LAFCA are important for one primary reason. They come second. What that means is that they can bestow momentum on a film or an actor/actress at the most critical time. Or they can take it away. “Slumdog Millionaire,” Clint Eastwood, and Anne Hathaway are riding high after their NBR wins, but which of the three can keep it going. LAFCA Best Picture winners have a good historical track record of being nominated for an Oscar. Past winners include “Brokeback Mountain,” “Sideways,” and “There Will Be Blood.” Here is our forecast this year.

Best Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Actor: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Best Actress: Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

Best Supporting Actress: Rosemarie Dewitt, “Rachel Getting Married”

Best Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”After the Sunset rip