A journalist friend wrote a few hours ago that he’ll “be so glad on Monday when it’s all over” — i.e., all the Oscar crap — “for another year.” It will be over for precisely four, maybe four and a half months — until mid-July — by which time the ’07 campaigns will have been decided upon, pre-strategized and quietly launched. And then the game really kicks in come Labor Day.

Which means, now that I think of it, that it’s time for the ’07 Oscar Balloon to be thrown together. I can throw something together, of course, but it’ll be better if it’s done with reader input. All nominations due by 9 ayem Wednesday morning. Sometime today or tonight would be better. I’ll start it off with a sum-up article of some kind or another.