It is not only one of only 4 (!) films that managed to receive SAG Ensemble, Golden Globe Best Picture and Critics Choice Best Picture nominations (the other 3 are supposed frontrunners, The Artist, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris), but it also looks like it will have NO trouble landing 3 (!) Academy award nominations in the acting categories, since Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain ALL pulled off the 'Trio' (SAG, Golden Globe, Critics Choice)...add the tiny fact that Mary J. Blige seems to be on her way to frontrunner-status in the Best Original Song category, and we already have 5 almost certain Oscar nominations. Also, it has a good shot at sneaking into Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Costume Design. Well-done, girls !
P.S. Having said that, I am still slightly worried about the new rule. The film definitely has great support, but does it have that crucial 5% No1 ?