The Artist is top U.S. critics’ pick for Oscar gold

Nineteen of the 30 ‘Oscarologists’, who follow the race to the Academy Awards, have tipped The Artist for glory – a month after 11 of the then-26 experts picked George Clooney’s The Descendants to win.

As such, The Artist is a 17/10 favourite, while The Descendant now lags behind in second place with 4/1 odds.

Steven Spielberg’s The War Horse is third, while Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Moneyball round out the current top five.

Also making the top 10 list: The Help, Midnight in Paris, Hugo, Tree of Life and Girl with Dragon Tattoo.