First Off, Peter Jackson is well liked among the Academy. Between his Lord of the Rings trilogy, and King Kong, Jackson’s movies are usually well received. Bones is also based on a great book, and if the makers can capsize on the story, the potential for greatness is very high.
Then you look at the actors: Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon, and the always incredible Stanley Tucci. With this talent, it will be hard for the Academy to ignore the many acting nomination possibilities.
Cons: Lightning doesn’t always strike twice. Just because Jackson had previous successes, doesn’t mean he’ll repeat. Frontrunners tend to fizzle. Kind of a strange story, and the Academy may not go with the whole ghost vibe.
Bottom Line: If all falls into place, this should be a great movie. At this point, all we can do is wait and see.