Update, on Sunday night: The chat is done, all five hours. Thanks to all who joined in!
The countdown is finished, the campaigning is done, and all that’s left is for all of us to weigh in on Oscar night — the fashions (I’m hoping Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain can outdo their iffy Golden Globes dresses), the wins (hmm, do I smell a late-rising “Life of Pi” surge?), the speeches (please, Mr. Day-Lewis, bring it), and, let’s hope, the fun. Join me here for a live chat Sunday, starting at 4 p.m. with the red carpet; if you don’t want to dish the dresses, check in at 5:30 for the ceremony’s start.
In the meantime, here are my predictions in the major categories — with links to a ballot, historic highlights and more. Have fun prepping, and see you Sunday!