Miserable no more! Les Miserables just pulled ahead of Silver Linings Playbook in the Best Picture race based upon the predictions of top experts polled by Gold Derby.
Back on Sept. 26, eight pundits out of 23 picked Silver Linings Playbook to prevail, giving it 5-to-1 odds. Place position: Lincoln (six pundits). Show: Les Miserables (four gurus).
Now Les Miserables leads with eight experts. Argo follows with five and Silver Linings Playbook is tied with Lincoln at four. Three weeks ago, Argo had only one pundit's full support, so its new momentum amounts to a surge.
Predicting a big win for Les Miserables: Edward Douglas (Comingsoon), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Sean O'Connell (Hollywood News), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Alex Suskind (Moviefone), Jeff Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere) and me.
Photo: Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables. (Universal)