It's Oscar-mania over at the New York Times' Arts & Leisure desk this weekend. Behold the links:

  • David Carr reports on Clint Eastwood's struggle to greenlight and finance Million Dollar Baby.

  • 10 very different actors and lead actresses are nominated for their performances;A.O. Scott searches for existential links.

  • Manohla Dargis surveys the career of honorary Oscar awardee-to-be Sidney Lumet.

  • Who's in line for next year's nominations? Sean Elder susses it out.

  • Alan Riding on the methodology of Mike Leigh.

  • Margy RochlininterviewsMaria Full of Grace nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno.

  • Tom O'Neil says The Aviator was engineered for Oscar glory.

  • Assorted experts teach you how to handicap the races.

  • Catherine Billey tracks the next projects of selected nominees.

  • Excerpts from the five Best Original Screenplay nominees.

  • Dargis, Stephen Holden, and Scott: Who will win, should win, should've been nommed.

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