Some Oscar races still too close to call

Thu Feb 5, 2009 5:02pm EST
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By Stephen Galloway

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Slumdog Millionaire" is increasingly emerging as the favorite to win the best picture Oscar on February 22, and Heath Ledger leads by a length in the supporting actor race.

But that doesn't mean the other major categories are clear-cut. As the Screen Actors Guild Awards showed last month, surprises can still happen: It's a toss-up between Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke for best actor; supporting actress is anyone's guess; and Kate Winslet's nomination as best actress for "The Reader" shakes up everything after she was expected to contend in support. What follows is a breakdown of where the top races stand ahead of Hollywood's big night.


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<p>A man walks past a billboard displaying a poster of the film "Slumdog Millionaire" in Mumbai January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe</p>