Which Oscar competitors won and lost over the past 7 days? Helen Mirren and Clint Eastwood fared the best, according to Hollywood Wiretap‘s Pete Hammond, and so did United 93 (despite the stubborn posture of Academy ostriches), Babel (all those Golden Globe and BFCA noms), and Dreamgirls costar Jennifer Hudson (who, let’s face it, basically has the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in the bag).
The losers, says Hammond, are Mirren’s Best Actress competitors, Flags of Our Fathers (because it’s been totally overshadowed by Letters From Iwo Jima), World Trade Center (because “the Dallas/Ft.Worth soothsayers didn√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√¢‚Äû¬¢t like it”…huh?), Venus star Peter O’Toole (Best Actor contenders Forest Whitaker and Will Smith have stolen all the heat), and the DGA chiefs for flip-flopping on whether or not to send out screeners to org members.