The Oscar field “seems to have left a number of academy voters feeling dispirited,” writes Slate‘s Kim Masters. “One director said he stared at the ballot and considered leaving the best picture category blank. Then he gave Clint a tribute vote. A publicist told us he did not check favorites in a couple of major categories for the first time in his years of voting. ‘I just said, ‘Fuck it, I don’t like any of ’em,’ he explained.”