We're presuming that if you're reading this that you're awake (and if you're here on the West Coast, may we ask "why?" or is that a little nosy?) and ready and raring to devour the motion picture academy's Oscar nominations when they're revealed beginning at 5:38 a.m. PST this morning. (Streaming begins live at 5:30 a.m. PST here on Movies Now.)
How will the major races shake out? Here are five key areas to watch once you're properly caffeinated:
Best picture. How many? Since the academy moved to a preferential best picture ballot designed to produce between five and 10 nominees, we've had two years in which nine movies have been nominated. With so many strong films contending this year, most pundits believe we'll see another bountiful crop. And even then, some deserving films will be overlooked.
After the three front-runners (
Best actress. No Meryl? Redford's "Out of Africa" co-star,
Best supporting actor. Tribute to
Best supporting actress.