Pundits are suggesting Javier Bardem's nomination in the Best Actor category for "Biutiful" was a surprise -- likewise, the nod for 14-year-old "True Grit" star Hailee Steinfeld, for Best Supporting Actress. Perhaps, but both are refreshing and well deserved choices - especially Steinfeld.
On the predictable front, Natalie Portman, Colin Firth and Christian Bale are all but polishing their statuettes already.
So we have the list, let the campaigns spend their money while we look away for four weeks and return on Jan 27, to enjoy the one-day wonder that is the Oscars ceremony.
Can you name any of last year's winners. Or losers?