I can't call it **Official**, but I figure we probably do need to get an official Oscar discussion thread going with so much talk going in multiple threads at this point about Oscar guesses, news, and what indicators are out there for possible Oscar winners. So why don't we put all that stuff here. Things like what I said in another thread - I think A Beautiful Mind(Dreamworks) is the current favorite with In the Bedroom(Miramax) on it's heels. We know those 2 studios can market their way to a nomination and that those are the films they will be backing with all the critical awards they have been getting. Other films in the mix - FOTR, Black Hawk Down, Moulin Rouge, Muholland Drive. We've also discussed Best Actor noms in other threads where Jack Nicholson got overlooked for the Pledge so far, as has Guy Pearce for Memento. If they don't get nominations it will bother me a lot actually. Honestly, with the talk for Nicole in MR I actually think Ewan outshines her and could be considered, but won't be. Speaking of Nicole, she probably has a shot with either MR or The Others, but what about Tilda Swinton. She seems lost in the Muholland Dr/In the Bedroom runs for Watts and Spacek. I'd hate to see her overlooked. One other early subject has been how diverse the early results have been. To me this feels even more wide open than last year, which I think people forget actually handed statues out to several different pictures rather than just Gladiator. Traffic, CTHD, Almost Famous, Wonder Boys, Pollack all got noticed. This year could be crazier I think. I can see a variety of films each getting 1 or 2 each split over the major awards. Besides those mentioned we might even see Ghost World, Waking Life, Shrek get a nomination or 2. With Ali and Majestic stepping aside (it appears) the field only gets more wide open. I think this might be one of the most fun Oscar races we've had in quite awhile (although last year's was pretty good, even with the Gladiator wins ) Oh, one other thing? Is Amelie really going to get run over by In the Mood for Love? I prefer Amelie and thought it a shoe-in earlier, but with the critics speaking out it seems like Mood has the slight edge. Let the bickering begin, please try to get your post in before the first "Who cares about the Oscars, they always suck" post is made.