In terms of box office allure, Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock are enjoying one of the best years - possibly the best year - of their film careers.
Oscar Ballots Mailed Out, Only 1 Choice Counts as Academy uses preferential voting system to select nominees in each category.
The major studios have set an impressive international box office record. Without the overseas market, Hollywood would be a far smaller and poorer film factory.
Critics’ Favorite Films: Kathryn Bigelow + U.S.-Mexican Drama Ineligible for Oscars while previously ignored war movie now this awards season top choice.
Louis Delluc Prize for Violent Prison Drama + Sugar Surprise at AFI Awards while James Cameron futuristic adventure is surprising Best Picture in New York.
Avatar Reviews & Budget: Despite positive buzz James Cameron 3D fantasy adventure to become Next Titanic or Cleopatra? + Henry Selick retrospective.
Avatar records at the domestic box office have been mostly restricted to specific subcategories like Best Weekend no. 3.