The short list for the foreign film Oscars were released. As the article below suggests, there probably won't be any big controversy this year as in years past. The only real surprise is Baaria, by the director of the popular Cinema Paradiso, didn't make the grade. My best friend in Chicago predicts Winter in Wartime will win since it has the two most popular ingredients for a an Oscar win: kids and WWII. The White Ribbon is also about kids and has some ties to WWII, but I don't think it's the sort of film the foreign language group picks.
The WGA nominations came out as well. It's hard to say how these will impact the Oscar noms since many screenplays like An Education, In the Loop, A Single Man and Inglorious Basterds were not even eligible.
As for the Golden Globes, the win for Sandra Bullock suggests strong that she will now get a nomination, though I still think Meryl Streep will win. In addition, it's possible that James Cameron could win best director, but I still think Up in the Air will win best picture.