First things first: take a look at this week's cover of Entertainment Weekly, picturing a close-up of the four acting winners' awards, and you'll see incontrovertible proof that Oscar is indeed gay. On the left, you can see Daniel's and Tilda's snogging away (they are British after all), while Marion's and Javier's get down to business right in front of everyone (those wacky, uninhibited Europeans).
Anyway ... Every year I keep track of the top award winners, tallying up the trophies handed out by the top 26 organizations, critics groups and industry guilds to get a clearer picture of what is indeed the Best Picture (et al) of the year. And, Academy Award winners notwithstanding, you'll be happy to know that, over the previous three years, Sideways, Brokeback Mountain and United 93 were indeed the best Best Pictures of the year.
This year, Oscar was more in step with the rest, with No Country for Old Men taking eight top prizes, the same amount for Best Actor victor Daniel Day-Lewis and screenplay winner Juno. However, the most wins for any film in any category goes to Ratatouille, with ten awards total. In the end though, No Country was the top winner, with five overall wins in all categories.
For the complete yearly round up for the awards season just past, including the top winners in all categories (with at least two wins) and a list of the 26 groups tracked, see the comments section below.