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.