Finally, it comes down to this. 10 Best Pictures. Only 5 Best Directors. The suspense is fierce over which five films would not have normally been nominated and have absolutely zero chance in actually winning. Testing that theory over just how honored it is to be nominated when the cynical amongst us see ten nominees as a way to boost interest in generally one of the most watched televised events of the year anyway. Will guilt over The Dark Knight sneak in less worthy blockbusters or a tripling of fanboy genre representation? Do any indie films really stand a chance? Is this the year when a second animated feature cracks the best-of-the-year list, thus guaranteeing its win in its own specialized category? The questions will be answered this Tuesday, Feb. 2 and the debate will reign on long after the winners announced on March 7. But first, the potential nominees.

Four groups with critics of varying respects and three major Guilds will make up this particular breakdown. As we did with the actors and the screenplays, we will look at what has been lauded by the Broadcast "Film Critics" Association, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (aka The Golden Globes), the Chicago Film Critics Association, the British Academy of Film And Television (or BAFTA) and three Guilds made up of Producers, Writers and Directors. Seven groups that have nominated 13 films in unison since 2001 (when the BFCA began nominations.)

A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Good Night and Good Luck (2005), Babel (2006), The Departed (2006), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), No Country For Old Men (2007), There Will Be Blood (2007), The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008), Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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