In the lead actress category, the Oscar almost always goes to the ingenue.
To millions of movie fans, stars are synonymous with the roles that made them famous. Think Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca" or Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.
Many might say that having multiple potential Oscar nominees from the same film competing in the same acting category is a curse in blessing's clothing.
Casting, difficult under any circumstance, is that much harder when a youngster must fill a major role. And the stakes are even higher when a film's success pivots on such a part -- as is the case…
Lead Actor Race
No Oscar on these fellows' mantels -- yet.
Lead Actress Race
Supporting Actress Race
Like telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman, Hamilton is a newcomer to Oscar duties.
And the Oscar for Most Prolific Composer of 2009 goes to: Alexandre Desplat.
For years it was common for studios to cross-market a film with a well known performer, but today niche artists are landing more tracks in films and reaping the spoils, especially around award season.