I'm bored. Here's three things to discuss. Have at it.
* In the past 4 Oscar races animated films have accounted for 4 of the 11 Sound Editing nominees. And yet this year of their 7 finalists (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, King Kong, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Chronicles of Narnia, Walk the Line, War of the Worlds, Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith) not one animated film appears --unless you count Narnia & Kong.... but their only partially toons. So can we assume the voters just weren't enthused with this year's animated output? Or is it only the persnickety sound folks? Who have been known to make surprise calls (i.e. only one nomination in total for sound editing for the three LotR films)
* The typical critical call/response that you see annually in the critics awards has only just barely begun: After nearly a month solid of Brokeback wins, the wealth is starting to spread just as the critical associations are nearly finished with their prizes. Check out the chart in case you've missed anything. The most contentious category overall has been Supporting Actress with six different winners from the 17 organizations who've announced and very little in the way of a dominating force (Amy Adams comes closest with 6 wins w/ Bello and Keener are challenging). The second most contentious is Supporting Actor. Giammatti is clearly the leader. Like Adams he has six wins. But he has no close runner up. Nine other men have taken prizes and noone, other than Giamatti, has more than 2 (Dillon & Hurt). The lead acting categories have clear frontrunners: Hoffman (Capote) -13 wins and Witherspoon (Walk the Line) -9 wins.
* The category most likely to have the freshest Oscar roster this year? Supporting Actor. Only William Hurt (A History of Violence), Bob Hoskins (Mrs Henderson Presents), Don Cheadle (Crash), and Kevin Costner (The Upside of Anger) stand in the way of this being an all-first time nominee lineup...and all of them are in the longshot division of possibilities.