Oscar Watch: Critics' picks

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In an average Hollywood year, the critics are the precursors of the awards groups, the men and women whose consensus first signals which movies are going to win the big prizes. But not this year. Rarely have the critics been so far apart in their preferences. Rarely have their selections been so across-the-board, as five leading practitioners of the art made clear when asked about their favorite movies of 2008.

Click for their picks:

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
David Ansen, Newsweek
Leonard Maltin, Secret's Out
Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
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