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Oscars 2013: 10 Key Battles in Tough Categories

Let’s face it. At this moment for the 85th Annual Academy Awards, a lot of assumptions have already been made about who’s walking away with a golden bald guy on Sunday night (Feb. 24). No one would be shocked if Daniel Day-Lewis waltzes away with his record-setting third Best Actor trophy; likewise, if Anne Hathaway reaches the podium and starts gabbing away about she dreamed a dream of winning an Oscar someday, the pulse of our nation would not start racing. Yet the 2013 Oscars, more than in any year of the past half-decade, holds more question marks ahead of the telecast than sure things. Spielberg is a lock for Best Director… or is he? Can a groundbreaking Pixar flick really lose Best Animated Feature? And can “Argo’s” surge in momentum actually amount to a Best Picture W?

Take a look at the 10 key category match-ups at this year’s Academy Awards, in which either party involved could feasibly be sauntering onstage come Sunday night.

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