In case you didn't know, tomorrow night is the Oscars. One night of glorious, black-tie back-patting, followed by a couple days of chatter about who wore what and who didn't show upand who had the most god-awful hairstyle, and why this movie shouldn't have won that award. There are folks who are still bitching about Crash's win last year (and probably always will be), and no matter who wins the Best Picture this year, you can bet there will be moaning, wailing and gnashing of teeth from various quarters.

Tomorrow night, we here at Cinematical will be live-blogging the Oscars for you, starting at 4PM PST/7PM EST with some chatter about the red carpet, and we'll stick it out until the last, endlessly dull acceptance speech. In the meantime, though, here's what other sites around and about the internet are blogging about in preparation for Hollywood's big night.

Lots of group hug Oscar action after the jump ...



Peter Chattaway at FilmChat has a post up about the box office of past and present Oscar noms and winners, noting that this year (so far) the only Best Pic nominee to have topped the $100 million mark is The Departed, coming into the race with just over $131 million (source: Box Office Mojo). Peter notes that last year marked the first time since 1985 that none of the Best Picture Noms grossed over $100 million (Best Pic winner Crash only hit $54.5 million, and Brokeback Mountain topped out at $83 million). Does the bigger box office give The Departed an edge? We'll find out soon enough ...

if you're just sitting around drumming your fingers impatiently, waiting for the big day, pop on over to Rotten Tomatoes, where they're killing the time until Oscar night by pondering: what is the best reviewed Best Picture Winner of all time? They have a countdown that starts at 79 with The Greatest Show on Earth (Tomatometer Score: 38%) and goes from there. Check it out, it's a great way to pass the time, and then you can wow your buds at your Oscar Watch Party with your amazing knowledge of past Oscar winners.

It's all about the Oscars over at Movie City News. The Gurus o' Gold have their final, final, really final predictions in, and it's pretty close between The Departed and Babel for Best Pic, with The Departed just edging by for the top slot by three points. The Number One lock from the Gurus is Martin Scorsese for Best Director. At this point, I'd be pretty surprised if Scorsese doesn't win, but you never know. Their Number One Lock for Upset is Alan Arkin. What are your locks for the Oscars? Who do you feel in your bones is going to win?

Also, via Movie City News, if you haven't seen it before, be sure to check out this fantastic YouTube footage from the 61st Oscars in 1989, with Rob Lowe singing a duet with Snow White:


Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere is killing the hours between now and Oscar by heading out to the Independent Spirit Awards. Be sure to check back here at Cinematical later today for the results of the Spirits. The awards are hosted by Sarah Silverman, so if you're a fan of Ms. Silverman, you might just want to catch the awards yourself. Whatever else happens, you can bet she'll get a lot racier than Ellen DeGeneres. The Independent Spirit Awards broadcast live on IFC at 2PM PST/5PM EST.

The New York Times has a slew of Oscar-related pieces up for your perusal. David Carr, aka The Carpetbagger, went to a little lunch at Ariana Huffington's house, where he managed to steer the conversation away from politics and onto Oscar. There were several Academy voters at his table, and the Bagger reports that they (like the Gurus o' Gold) were pretty evenly split between The Departed and Babel. The Bagger was a little surprised about this, given buzz around Little Miss Sunshine making a last-minute break for the victory. Again, time will tell. Also over at the NYT, Carr has a handy-dandy guide to handicapping the Oscars.