Who got nominated? Looking back on Newsweek’s Oscar Roundtable shows just how well it reflected the pool of nominees. Chances are, if the actor (or director - see 2006) is profiled by the magazine, he/she is pretty likely to make the short list at the Oscars.

2011 - 6 out of 6Nicole Kidman (Nominated), James Franco (Nominated), Colin Firth (Winner), Natalie Portman (Winner), Annette Bening (Nominated), Michelle Williams (Nominated)
2010 - 6 out of 6 Morgan Freeman (Nominated), Sandra Bullock (Winner), Jeff Bridges (Winner), Woody Harrelson (Nominated), Gabourey Sidibe (Nominated), Carey Mulligan (Nominated)
2009 - 5 out of 6Brad Pitt (Nominated), Robert Downey Jr (Nominated), Anne Hathaway (Nominated), Frank Langella (Nominated), Sally Hawkins, Mickey Rourke (Nominated) 
2008 - 4 out of 6 - Weakest year, get your sh*t together, Carol!Daniel Day-Lewis (Winner), George Clooney (Nominated), James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Ellen Page (Nominated), Marion Cotillard (Winner) 
2007 - 5 out of 6Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett (Nominated), Forest Whitaker (Winner), Helen Mirren (Winner), Penelope Cruz (Nominated), Leonardo DiCaprio (Nominated)
2006 - 5 out 5 for the same category (Best Director)George Clooney (Nominated), Ang Lee (Winner), Paul Haggis (Nominated), Steven Spielberg (Nominated), Bennett Miller (Nominated)
2005 - 5 out of 6Paul Giamatti, Annette Bening (Nominated), Hilary Swank (Winner), Jamie Foxx (Winner), Kate Winslet (Nominated), Leonardo DiCaprio (Nominated)

Who got nominated? Looking back on Newsweek’s Oscar Roundtable shows just how well it reflected the pool of nominees. Chances are, if the actor (or director - see 2006) is profiled by the magazine, he/she is pretty likely to make the short list at the Oscars.

2011 - 6 out of 6
Nicole Kidman (Nominated), James Franco (Nominated), Colin Firth (Winner), Natalie Portman (Winner), Annette Bening (Nominated), Michelle Williams (Nominated)

2010 - 6 out of 6
Morgan Freeman (Nominated), Sandra Bullock (Winner), Jeff Bridges (Winner), Woody Harrelson (Nominated), Gabourey Sidibe (Nominated), Carey Mulligan (Nominated)

2009 - 5 out of 6
Brad Pitt (Nominated), Robert Downey Jr (Nominated), Anne Hathaway (Nominated), Frank Langella (Nominated), Sally Hawkins, Mickey Rourke (Nominated) 

2008 - 4 out of 6 - Weakest year, get your sh*t together, Carol!
Daniel Day-Lewis (Winner), George Clooney (Nominated), James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Ellen Page (Nominated), Marion Cotillard (Winner) 

2007 - 5 out of 6
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett (Nominated), Forest Whitaker (Winner), Helen Mirren (Winner), Penelope Cruz (Nominated), Leonardo DiCaprio (Nominated)

2006 - 5 out 5 for the same category (Best Director)
George Clooney (Nominated)Ang Lee (Winner)Paul Haggis (Nominated)Steven Spielberg (Nominated)Bennett Miller (Nominated)

2005 - 5 out of 6
Paul Giamatti, Annette Bening (Nominated), Hilary Swank (Winner), Jamie Foxx (Winner), Kate Winslet (Nominated), Leonardo DiCaprio (Nominated)

As always, the Grammy’s prove how pivotal a great song is. The nominees below are fantastic:

Record of the Year:

  • "Rolling in the Deep," Adele 
  • "Holocene," Bon Iver
  • "Grenade," Bruno Mars
  • "The Cave," Mumford & Sons
  • "Firework," Katy Perry

Song of the Year:

  • "All of the Lights," Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West, songwriters (performed by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie)
  • "The Cave," Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
  • "Grenade," Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars and Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
  • "Holocene," Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
  • "Rolling in the Deep," Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

These are the only 2 categories I care about most times. This year more than ever.