The last of the big three announce their awards tomorrow night. First on Wednesday, the National Board of Review shocked everyone by naming “Letters From Iwo Jima” their best film. The LA Film Critics Association followed suit today, confirming “Letters” as an Academy Award Best Picture frontrunner. Now the New Yorkers finally have their say. Can Eastwood pull off the trifecta, or will the NY Film Critics Circle shake up the race even more? In the past two years, one film has dominated the critics’ awards (Brokeback Mountain in 2005, Sideways in 2004). We could be looking at the same kind of scenario this season. Of course, it is interesting to note that neither of those films ultimately won Best Picture. Here are our predictions:

Best Picture: “The Queen”

Best Director: Clint Eastwood, “Letters From Iwo Jima”

Best Actor: Peter O’ Toole, “Venus”

Best Actress: Naomi Watts, “The Painted Veil”

Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, “Little Miss Sunshine”

Best Supporting Actress: Rinko Kikuchi, “Babel”

Most people are predicting “The Departed” to capture the top prize, especially in light of its sweep at the Boston critics. We don’t quite agree. “The Departed” was noticeably shut out of the LAFCA awards as well as snubbed by the AFI. Something is up. Perhaps people are frowning upon the fact that Scorsese’s picture is a remake, or that it’s ultra violent. The NYFCC like Clint Eastwood. In 2004, they selected “Million Dollar Baby” as Best Picture and Eastwood Best Director. We think they will bestow directing honors on Eastwood again, but something makes us believe they will want to go in a different direction as NBR and LAFCA.

The NYFCC is notoriously difficult to predict. In years past, they have honored both a big budget spectacle (Lord of the Rings: Return of the King) and small independent films (Far From Heaven, Topsy-Turvy). This year, “The Queen” won the top prize from the New York Online Film Critics. Although the two organizations are entirely different, we think there might be a slight correlation in taste. Furthermore, “The Queen,” a well reviewed film, just seems like one of those movies destined to be embraced by a critics society.

In the acting categories, NYFCC has often gone with an older actor, so we’re siding with sentimental favorite Peter O’Toole. All signs point to Helen Mirren sweeping the precursors, but we suspect the NYFCC will at least want to make it interesting, so we’ll resurrect Naomi Watts from “The Painted Veil.” Kate Winslet from “Little Children” is also a possibility. Though Mirren is a heavy, heavy favorite for the Oscars, it is likely she’ll eventually be challenged by a younger actress (Watts, Winslet, or possibly even Penelope Cruz). Arkin is a hunch. As for Rinko Kikuchi, who was absolutely brilliant in “Babel,” the campaign has to start somewhere. With enough critical support, she could mount a serious challenge to Jennifer Hudson of “Dreamgirls.”

Well, at least no one is predicting “World Trade Center.” New Yorkers love their own, but surely even they can smell a bad film from a mile away.