(Note that we’re not picking the performances we think are the best of the year, but which films we believe AMPAS will honor with nominations. The winners of the 2009 OFCS Awards are here.)
The OFCS prediction for the 5 Best Actress nominees, in alphabetical order, are:
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side (34 votes)
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air (18 votes)
Carey Mulligan, An Education (33 votes)
Gabby Sidibe, Precious (31 votes)
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia (42 votes)
Results were calculated on a simple vote basis of one point per vote. With 46 members participating in the poll, Meryl Streep was by far the actress considered most likely to receive a nomination, so we’ll go out on a limb and predict that Streep will, in fact, win the Oscar for Best Actress of 2009 for her performance in Julie & Julia.
Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday, February 2, and winners at the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 7.