The lineup of best picture nominees-"Brokeback Mountain," "Capote," "Crash," "Good Night and Good Luck" and "Munich"-offer Red State proponents any number of ways to bash Hollywood's values. And given this year's box-office performance, none seem likely to be a Titanic draw that a blockbuster hit confers upon Oscar night.
But wait, maybe there's a beloved leading man for the `Super Bowl for women'? Mmm, let's see. There's Heath Ledger, a bona fide hottie but complicated cowboy; Joaquin Phoenix, David Strathairn and Philip Seymour Hoffman, all well-respected actors but not really crushes. George Clooney, who's earned genuine heartthrob status, got a supporting actor nod for "Syriana" and a directing nod for "Good Night and Good Luck." Hot and serious. That's always sexy.