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And the Winner is...

As Oscar night approaches, EW picks its favorite contenders for this year's awards show

The Oscars are like a wacky global curfew; they keep a billion movie buffs off the streets for hours. So here's our tout-board ballot for the major awards presented on the world's favorite night in.

Supporting Actress
Julia Roberts, Steel Magnolias, (3-1)
Lena Olin, Enemies, A Love Story, (4-1)
Dianne Weist, Parenthood, (6-1)
Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot, (7-5)
Angelica Huston, Enemies, A Love Story, (6-5)
*Angelica Huston and Brenda Fricker are the favorites. Julia Roberts also strong.

Costume Design
Driving Miss Daisy
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Harlem Nights
Henry V
Valmont

Adapted Screenplay
Oliver Stone and Ron Kovic, Born on the Fourth of July, (Even)
Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy, (2-1)
Roger L. Simon and Paul Mazursky, Enemies, A Love Story, (5-1)
Phil Alden Robinson, Field of Dreams, (10-1)
Jim Sheridan and Shane Connaughton, My Left Foot, (7-1)

Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, Crimes and Misdemeanors, (8-1)
Tom Schulman, Dead Poet's Society, (3-1)
Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing, (5-2)
Steven Soderbergh, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, (4-1)
Nora Ephron, When Harry Met Sally, (10-1)
*Spike Lee is the slight favorite. Tom Schulman a close second.

Supporting Actor
Danny Aiello, Do the Right Thing, (8-1)
Marlon Brando, A Dry White Season, (6-1)
Dan Aykroyd, Driving Miss Daisy, (4-1)
Denzel Washington, Glory, (Even)
Martin Landau, Crimes and Misdemeanors, (6-5)
*Very close. It will come down to Denzel Washington and Martin Landau.

Best Actress
Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy, (Even)
Jessica Lange, Music Box, (2-1)
Pauline Collins, Shirely Valentine, (8-1)
Isabelle Adjani, Camille Claudel, (10-1)
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Fabulous Baker Boys, (3-1)
*Jessica Tandy hands down.

Original Song
''Kiss the Girl,'' The Little Mermaid
''Under the Sea,'' The Little Mermaid
''After All,'' Chances Are
''The Girl Who Used to be Me,'' Shirley Valentine
''I Love to See You Smile,'' Parenthood

Original Score
John Williams, Born on the Fourth of July, (2-1)
David Grusin, The Fabulous Baker Boys, (6-1)
James Horner, Field of Dreams, (10-1)
John Williams, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, (4-1)
Alan Menken, The Little Mermaid, (3-1)
*John Williams brought tears to the eyes of movie audiences. The Little Mermaid deserves consideration as well.

Best Director
Kenneth Branagh, Henry V, (6-1)
Peter Weir, Dead Poet's Society, (4-1)
Oliver Stone, Born on the Fourth of July, (Even)
Woody Allen, Crimes and Misdemeanors, (4-1)
Jim Sheridan, My Left Foot, (3-1)
*Born on the Fourth of July is powerful enough...but it wouldn't surprise me to see Peter Weir win.

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