Mt. Oscar: To grab the brass ring -- or in this case the Golden O -- wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. This week's altitude readings are by Rachel Abramowitz, John Horn, Elena Howe, Susan King, Mark Olsen and Tom O'Neil.
EMPTY LIVES: Five-time Oscar nominee Kate Winslet is riveting in "Revolutionary Road." But taken with her "Little Children" role, she may be in danger of specializing in unfulfilled suburbanites.
WOOFING IT UP: In "Gran Torino," Clint Eastwood's widowed character lives alone with his dog, so, naturally, there is much growling in the movie. Did we mention the growls are from Clint?
BIGGEST SMACKDOWN? Try the bar fight that is the adapted screenplay contest, which so far looks to include "Benjamin Button," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Revolutionary Road."