Who'll Win an Academy Award? Read Our Predictions!

From Octavia Spencer to George Clooney, see our picks for who will walk away with an Oscar on Feb. 26 (13 Photos)

Nisha Gopalan on Feb 21, 2012 at 9:30AM

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Who'll Win an Academy Award? Read Our Predictions!

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Best Actress: Viola Davis

Golden Globe winner Meryl Streep is the one to beat here, and humble SAG victor Viola Davis will do just that. Not only was her movie by far the bigger critical hit, but The Help was also the greater box-office success. And while Streep is a perennial favorite (this is her 17th Oscar nod and she has won twice), there has been more goodwill toward Davis taking home her first gold statuette. Not only have critics been raving about her, but Streep herself even remarked, of her former Doubt costar, "There is about Viola's work, and her person, a self-effacing quality that, ironically, has the exact opposite effect of erasing her impact."

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