An older Academy friend has just spitballed what he believes the five Best Picture nominees will be at the end of the day. The top four will be Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Frost/Nixon — all routine picks. The surprise is that he believes the fifth slot will be filled by The Dark Knight. Really? Sure, he said — the Academy is getting younger and younger, and all along the word on that film has been strong and steady.