And The Artist is on this list, too.
Now, I'm not saying that it will be nominated for Make-Up, probably not, but this movie is obviously loved. By everyone. And I really mean LOVED - yes, I know that the Weinstein Company is behind it, etc, but such a wide display of, again, love can't be explained just with the smart strategy of a cunning distributor. That plays a role, certainly, but at this point I'm sure that it's much more than that - one feels it.
If it weren't a foreign, silent movie nobody today would have doubts about The Artist winning Best Picture next February. And it's true that, with a valid alternative, this wouldn't be a certain outcome - it's not an "unbeatable" movie, it's not Gone with the Wind. But the problem is that there doesn't seem to be valid alternative - the much-talked-about The Descendants seems to be more admired than loved. And for once, even the lack of big box-office results doesn't mean much - nobody would expect such a movie to be a commercial hit anyway, and actually it would probably work against its reputation as the ultimate example of "pure" filmmaking.