Last year wasn't a banner year for the Academy Awards. Several great and beloved films wound up shut out of the major categories despite getting a slew of nominations otherwise (most notably "The Dark Knight" with 8 noms and "Wall-E" with 6 noms, but neither being in the running for Best Picture). Meanwhile, films that no one had seen ("The Reader", anyone?) or weren't particularly fond of ("The Reader", anyone?) wound up stealing those said nominations. Ratings haven't been good, critics haven't been fond of the broadcast, and generally the moviegoing public has been getting a bit jaded with the Academy pretty much liking everything that "we" don't.