Sharp turns on road to Oscars

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It's the time of year when everyone in the movie business makes lists. Critics compile their top 10 films. Academy members rank their favorites. Warners and Fox make a rundown of legal arguments for their "Watchmen" suit.

But what's an awards columnist — without the authority of a critic or the voting power of an Academy member — to do? Make lists about awards season, of course. With eight weeks to go until the Oscars, more surprises surely await.

The season, though, already has come a long way. From the ignoble to the inspiring, the subtle to the ridiculous, here are the 10 best stories and subplots from Oscar Race 2008.
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