Given that the number of potential best picture nominees has gone up from five to ten. Almost every conceivable film that could get nominated will get nominated. So without due consideration here's what I expect the main categories to look like. PS. If Avatar is any way good, it has a shot at the tenth spot.
Best Picture: Nine Up Up in The Air A Serious Man The Lovely Bones The Hurt Locker Precious An Education Coraline Invictus
Best Director: Katherine Bigelow, The Hurt Locker Rob Marshall, Nine Peter Jackson, The Lovely Bones Jason Reitman, Up in the air Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine George Clooney, Up in the air Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker Colin Firth, A Single Man Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, An Education Gabourey Sidibe, Precious Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia Helen Mirren, The Last Station Audrey Tautou, Coco Before Chanel
Best Supporting Actor: Christophe Waltz, Inglourious Basterds Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker Woody Harrelson, The Messenger Matt Damon, Invictus
Best Supporting Actress: Judi Dench, Nine Marion Cotillard, Nine Anna Kendrick, Up in The Air Julianne Moore, A Single Man Susan Sarandon, The Lovely Bones