Mystic River: Merie W. Wallace
EW Staff
February 02, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Dave Karger sizes up the Best Picture race

Predicted Winner ”The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Possible Upset ”Mystic River”
No Way ”Lost in Translation,” ”Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” ”Seabiscuit”

Now that ”The Lord of the Rings” has won the big prizes from the Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild, Directors Guild, Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards, Broadcast Film Critics, and New York Film Critics Circle, there?s only one prize left to complete the ring. Simply put, a victory for any other film would be the most shocking upset in the history of Middle-earth.

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