For the first time since 1943, the Academy Awards have expanded the Best Picture category to include 10 nominees, meaning that this Sunday, March 7th, there will be one winner and nine losers in Oscar’s biggest category. Not all roads lead to Oscar gold, and in Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers’ final Academy preview, he weighs in on each one of this year’s Best Picture nominees, from front runners like Avatar and The Hurt Locker to darker-than-dark horses like A Serious Man and An Education. It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure book — click on your favorite to win and Travers will let you know if you’re on the right track or you’ve hit a cinematic dead end. Think wisely before making your decision, then get clicking below and after the jump.
Best Picture Oscar Nominee: The Blind Side
A Serious Man
The Hurt Locker
Up in the Air