Some random thoughts and rants on the Academy Award nominations:
• I wasn't thrilled with this year's crop of nominations for several reasons, but at least there appear to be a lot of wide-open races to make things interesting. Aside from Daniel Day-Lewis as best actor and Javier Bardem as best supporting actor, there are no shoe-ins in the major categories, and even the lesser awards look to be close contests. It should be a riveting telecast, as far as these things go - provided they actually go through with the ceremony despite the continuing writers strike.
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