In my very biased opinion "Benjamin Button" seems like the biggest Oscar-caliber 'Best Picture' out of this selection, further including "Indiana Jones", "Tropic Thunder", "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa". And then for most of the other categories of course we will have to wait and see. 'Best Makeup' would be a rather obvious nod, 'Best Visual Effects' is one I would dare to bet my retirement-plan on (if I had one), then of course 'Cinematography', 'Editing' and 'Sound Design' are usually outstanding on Fincher's works, and I truly wish for David Fincher to pick up his overdue nomination for 'Best Director'.
For "Benjamin Button" Paramount hopes for 16 nominations overall, which makes it their highest ranking contender. Thursday, January 22nd 2009 is when the official nominations will be announced ... and by the time we will hopefully all have a better, more informed opinion on what good a shot the film has at any of the categories!
Have a look at the site, and share your opinion on the other films and nominations in the comments: