Dave Karger
December 30, 2008 AT 12:00 PM EST

Last night I put my annual Oscar-nomination predictions feature to bed (it’ll be in this Friday’s issue of EW), and narrowing the four acting races down to five contenders each meant leaving off a few very worthy candidates who may end up getting overlooked this year.

Without revealing my exact predictions just yet, I’ll give you a taste by naming a handful of performers I’m predicting will be snubbed this year. In many of these cases, I hope I’m wrong.


Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Best Actor
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actor
Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
James Franco, Milk

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, Doubt
Rosemarie Dewitt, Rachel Getting Married

How about you? Which top contenders do you predict will barely miss the cut on Jan. 22? Share your thoughts below.

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