Who or what gets nominated for an Oscar and eventually ends up winning has always been something of a mystery to me. I have my theories, of course. Sometimes I think Oscar voters find a film and decide its going to be the "one" for the year. There's also the possibility that those big "For Your Consideration" publicity campaigns work and academy members vote for the films and performances they hear about the most. If I was going to try to be more optimistic though, I would say that academy voters give serious consideration to all the choices they make, with the worthiest films and performances always making the cut. Unfortunately, I just don't think it happens -- at least not very often.

And like many other film fans and commentators, after the nominations are announced and the awards given, I almost always feel some worthy flicks or performances have gone unnoticed. Maybe it's because I'm still bitter about the whole Annie Hallwinning best picture over Star Wars thing? I don't know. Whatever the reason, it seems I'm not alone in feeling this way because Yahoo News has posted an article which details some acting performances they're afraid will be overlooked when the Oscar nominations are announced next week. Some of the worthy contenders they feel will not get the accolades they deserve include Jack Black in Nacho Libre, (we didn't make that one up) Mark Wahlberg in The Departed, Kevin Kline in A Prairie Home Companion and Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.