Here are my nominees for performances, scripts, and films the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences missed:
Performances: Kate Winslet in Romance and Cigarettes; Helena Bonham Carter in Sweeney Todd; Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. in Zodiac; Irfan Khan and Tabu in The Namesake; Leslie Mann in Knocked Up; Michael Cera in Superbad; Russell Crowe in something--he was terrific every time I saw him this year; Josh Brolin in No Country for Old Men
Writing: The Lookout; Rocket Science
Pretty good year, actually, for movies, in my opinion.
Pop Quiz: If you saw Steve Carell in your grocery store in Sugar House, what, if anything, would you say to him?