Oscar is about to put some names on his 2013 dance card.
Whose will be read at 7:35 a.m. CST Thursday when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces its nominees for the best in filmmaking in 2012?
We’ve paid attention to the headlines, kept an award-season score, and perused online blogs. The tea leaves have begun to settle.
Click through the slider to see our best guesses in major categories. Expect a few surprises and snubs, as always.