I lucked out with my predictions this year, getting them all right. But in future contests I could do worse than by referring to the Boston Society of Film Critics (of which I am a member) and their choices for the best of the year. This time around they predicted the Oscar in nine out of the 12 categories they awarded. Exceptions being: Best Foreign Language Oscar, which they gave to"Let the Right One In," a film which Sweden didn't nominate as it's candidate in deference the dreary "Everlasting Moments;" Best Actress to Sally Hawkins; and Best Cinematography to Christopher
Doyle and Rain Kathy Li for "Paranoid Park." All of which, I would argue, are better choices than the ones that got the Oscars. True, they fudged things a bit by giving out ties in the Best Picture and Best Actor categories . But they seem to have a knack for letting the right ones in. Or maybe it's that the Academy use it as a guide to their voting. Only Loki knows for sure.