Part 2 of our Oscars Best Picture preview ahead of Sunday evening's ceremony when this year's Academy Awards get handed out... VOTE at the bottom for your favourite to win the top prize...

Django Unchained:
Quentin Tarantino loves an homage - whether it's to 1970s gangster flicks, wartime blockbusters or, in this case, the good old western. As with all his projects, he's managed to court controversy with this one, fielding questions about American history with his tale of a black slave taken under the wing of a bounty hunter. Nobody's got any problem, though, with the scene-stealing antics of Tarantino's favourite actor, German Christoph Waltz, hoping to repeat his Oscar success for 'Inglourious'... And I haven't met a single person to have come out of a 'Django' screening with anything bad to say!

Les Miserables:

Tom Hooper, overlooked in the Best Director shortlist, has obviously put his all into this glorious big screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's book, or rather, the record-breaking musical that bears its name. Anne Hathaway seems all but a shoo-in for Best Supporting Actress for her winsome, toothless take on Susan Boyle's Fantine, but credit must also go to Hugh Jackman for his compassion and strength as Valjean, and even Russell Crowe, channelling all his musical insecurities into a surprisingly effective Javert. And with Eddie Redmayne crying, loving and singing all the while, too... well, what's not to love? It's an exhausting, emotional rollercoaster of films LIKE THEY USED TO MAKE... and no doubt, in any other year, etc etc...

Life of Pi:

One of this year's several 'unfilmable' books to have made it to the big screen, under the awe-inspiring vision of Ang Lee. Once again, this respected director has managed to be both poetic and epic, even working with a make-believe tiger. His best choice of all, though, was in his decision to give the role of Pi, on whom everything depends, to the untested Saraj Sharma, a debut actor who knocks it out of the park. This may be a sentimental choice for Best Picture in a year of a politics and history, but Ang Lee is one of the front runners to pick up the personal gong in his category...

MORE: Oscar Best Picture Nominees - we feature 'Amour', 'Argo' and 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild'...

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  • Best Picture

    "Argo"

  • Best Picture

    "Lincoln"

  • Best Picture

    "Amour"

  • Best Picture

    "Zero Dark Thirty"

  • Best Picture

    "Silver Linings Playbook"

  • Best Picture

    "Les Miserables"

  • Best Picture

    "Life of Pi"

  • Best Picture

    "Django Unchained"

  • Best Picture

    "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

  • Best Actor

    Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

  • Best Actor

    Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"

  • Best Actor

    Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"

  • Best Actor

    Denzel Washington, "Flight"

  • Best Actor

    Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"

  • Best Actress

    Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

  • Best Actress

    Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"

  • Best Actress

    Naomi Watts, "The Impossible"

  • Best Actress

    Quvenzhane Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

  • Best Actress

    Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Notebook"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Alan Arkin, "Argo"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Sally Field, "Lincoln"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Amy Adams, "The Master"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Jacki Weaver, "Silver Linings Playbook"

  • Best Director

    Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"

  • Best Director

    David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"

  • Best Director

    Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"

  • Best Director

    Michael Haneke, "Amour"

  • Best Director

    Behn Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

  • Best Animated Feature Film

    "Brave"

  • Best Animated Feature Film

    "Frankenweenie"

  • Best Animated Feature Film

    "ParaNorman"

  • Best Animated Feature Film

    "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"

  • Best Animated Feature Film

    "Wreck-It Ralph"