Now the Oscar race is really interesting. LA shunned “No Country” and lavished praise upon “There Will Be Blood,” a film many experts had way outside their top five. Daniel Day-Lewis has risen to challenge George Clooney in what could possibly shape up to be one of the most intense Best Actor races in years. And Marion Cotillard, a critics’ darling, has appeared on the map as well.

Will New York give someone a leg up, or will it muddle the picture even more? Like LA, the NYFCC has eclectic taste. Past winners in the Best Picture category include “Topsy Turvy” and “Mulholland Drive,” although they did pick “Million Dollar Baby” a few years ago when most critics touted “Sideways.” Generally, they match up a little better with the Academy than LA. In the acting categories, they’ve honored Day-Lewis before, as well as Tom Wilkinson and Laura Linney, all strong contenders this year. But they’ve also bestowed awards on big stars like Tom Hanks and Bill Murray, so you just never know.

Here are our predictions.

Best Picture: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Actor: Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men

Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

Best Director: Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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