The Oscar races can't be decided already.
Yes, "The Artist" and Jean Dujardin and Viola Davis and Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer and Michel Hazanavicius seem to have every reason to polish those acceptance speeches. (Keep it under 45 seconds, folks, be emotional, don't read lists!)
But I've noticed a yearning – heck, a desperation – on the part of a number of Academy members for things not to go according to plan.
They want, say, Meryl Streep to upset Viola Davis, or Gary Oldman to pull off a miracle over Dujardin (left) and George Clooney. Or even, just to throw a monkey wrench in things, for Max...