Highlights of Oscar night

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Our Critic's Picks

Here are movie editor Barbara Vancheri's predictions for tonight's 2011 Academy Awards.

Best Picture

"The Artist"

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

Best Actor

George Clooney, "The Descendants"

Best Actress

Viola Davis, "The Help"

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"

Best Supporting Actress

Octavia Spencer, "The Help"

Animated Feature

"Rango"

Original Screenplay

"Midnight in Paris," Woody Allen

When it begins: 8:30 tonight on ABC; network pre-show begins at 7. E! coverage with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic at 5:30 p.m.

Nine movies are up for best picture: "Hugo," "The Artist," "Moneyball," "War Horse," "The Descendants," "Midnight in Paris," "The Help," "The Tree of Life" and "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."

Pittsburgh connections to the Oscars: Nick Nolte is nominated for "Warrior," filmed in Pittsburgh in 2009; Rooney Mara, with family ties to the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants, is up for best actress for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"; and Aliquippa native Joe Letteri is nominated for visual effects for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."



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