With only six months until the 2007 Academy Award nominees are officially announced, it is obviously time to get the Oscar race started already. Movie City News has begun its Pre-Oscar Preview early this year with its The Gurus of Gold feature. Typically the real Oscar watch doesn't begin until the really good movies (or the award-hungry movies, anyway) start showing in Toronto. But just because none of the Gurus (critics and writers from different outlets) have actually seen most of the expected contenders for Best Picture, that doesn't mean they can't make predictions based on film trailers, buzz, etc. So, each Guru picked 10 movies, which they rated from 1 to 10, that they think have the potential to be nominated (and which also serve as a premature top-ten of 2006 for each Guru).

Based on the picks, or votes, it looks like the probable five nominees will be Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers, Bill Condon's Dreamgirls, Steven Soderbergh's The Good German, Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel(which screened at Cannes) and Oliver Stone's World Trade Center (which some critics have seen). Dark horses include United 93, The Departed, All the King's Men and The Queen (These may change as more Gurus come aboard).

You know the Oscars are getting to be a waste of time when it starts being this easy.