"12" height="9">Complete list of nominees
Complete Academy Awards coverage

During Oscar season, it's all about building buzz. Here are the leading contenders and how they've fared thus far:

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Best picture
Oscar nomination, Golden Globe winner (musical or comedy), New York Film Critics Circle, New York Film Critics Online, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Boston Society of Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics Association, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, AP Movie Critic Christy Lemire

Top 10 lists
American Film Institute, National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Entertainment Weekly, African American Film Critics Association, AP Movie Writer David Germain

Best ensemble cast
Screen Actors Guild Award

Best actor, Paul Giamatti
New York Film Critics Circle, Chicago Film Critics Association, San Francisco Film Critics Circle

Best supporting actor, Thomas Haden Church
Oscar nomination, National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, New York Film Critics Online, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Boston Society of Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics Association, San Francisco Film Critics Circle

Best supporting actress, Virginia Madsen
Oscar nomination, National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, New York Film Critics Circle, New York Film Critics Online, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, San Francisco Film Critics Circle

Best director, Alexander Payne
Oscar nomination, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, San Francisco Film Critics Circle