Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' is by all means a very good film, but has it deservedly secured a place as the Best Picture at the 2010 Oscars this early in the game?

The awards blog Gold Derby thinks so -- boldly (and unexpectedly) predicting 'Inglourious Basterds' as the sure-fire winner of Best Picture .

In their assessment, the victor of the Best Director prize is the most essential factor when determining which film ultimately will take home Best Picture statuette during the Oscar telecast. The Gold Derby blogger further points out that the DGA (the union that votes for Best Director) has yet to honor Quentin Tarantino, pondering: "How can guild members resist voting for the Hollywood hipster?" Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' is by all means a very good film, but has it deservedly secured a place as the Best Picture at the 2010 Oscars this early in the game?

The awards blog Gold Derby thinks so -- boldly (and unexpectedly) predicting 'Inglourious Basterds' as the sure-fire winner of Best Picture .

In their assessment, the victor of the Best Director prize is the most essential factor when determining which film ultimately will take home Best Picture statuette during the Oscar telecast. The Gold Derby blogger further points out that the DGA (the union that votes for Best Director) has yet to honor Quentin Tarantino, pondering: "How can guild members resist voting for the Hollywood hipster?"

But when have the folks at the DGA been known for rewarding the most unique, hip talent in the mix? (It took guild members nearly 40 years to bestow Roman Polanksi and Martin Scorsese with the Best Director accolade.)

With such favored heavyweights as Clint Eastwood ('Invictus') and Peter Jackson ('The Lovely Bones') yet to release their respective films, Gold Derby's process of elimination seems a bit perplexing, seeing as The Academy is known to, as they say, keep it in the family -- acknowledging past winners with even more wins.

And one cannot so easily dismiss Lee Daniels, whose widely acclaimed film 'Precious' has quickly skyrocketed at the box office and hogged most of the awards buzz so far in 2009 with wins at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals. The latter of the two is an early Oscars precursor; 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'American Beauty,' both past recipients of the Toronto Audience Award, went on to strike Oscar gold.

Also, the Academy's decision to open up the category to 10 nominees has turned the Awards race on its head; 2010 is swiftly becoming the year of the dark horse, potentially paving the way for such critical darlings like 'The Hurt Locker' and 'A Serious Man' to sneak in at the last minute.

Given the Gold Derby's logic, Tarantino could very well walk away with the Best Director title for his rollicking, Nazi-killing popcorn film on March 7.

The Best Picture race, on the other hand, is still too early to call.