Sharp turns on road to Oscars


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.