Picks and Pans Review: Place Your Bets Now! Next Year's Nominees?

updated 03/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>This year's Oscar winners have barely slept yet, which means the 2010 campaign starts ... now. Here are some (very) early frontrunners.

Hilary Swank flies high as pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart in Amelia (due Oct. 23) ... Brad Pitt teams with director Quentin Tarantino for a WWII adventure, Inglourious Basterds (Aug. 21) ... Meryl Streep trills as top chef Julia Child in a comedy, Julie & Julia (Aug. 7) ... Leonardo DiCaprio tracks a murderess in Shutter Island (Oct. 2), directed by Martin Scorsese ... Titanic director James Cameron returns with sci-fi tale Avatar (Dec. 18) ... Morgan Freeman portrays Nelson Mandela in a biopic directed by Clint Eastwood (December) ... and Benicio Del Toro turns fur-ocious in The Wolfman (Nov. 6).

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