Since no one’s come up with any kind of Best Picture Oscar prospectus that jells or resonates (i.e., nobody’s buying into my Babel declaration of a few days ago, while some are insisting it’s an LMS-vs.- Departed situation), I’m going to try sussing things anew by calling and grilling no less than 30 Academy members over the next couple of days. (And not just people I know and/or aesthetically relate to — I’m going to definitely contact some doddering blue-hair types.) If any Academy members or Oscar strategists want to get in touch to make this process easier, so much the better.