Pete Hammond‘s latest Envelope column is one of his horse-race commentaries — what’s starting to take shape, what cards the players are holding, etc. The photo of Cate Blanchett (sitting to the right of the article) raises a question, though — one that’s bothering me more and more every week that it’s sidestepped or ignored.

When are handicappers going to stand up and declare Blanchett’s (or her handers’) attempt to land a Best Actress nomination for Elizabeth: The Golden Age a lost cause because the movie is an absolute joke in the eyes of anyone with a smidgen of taste? (Even Oscar-watchers with bad taste or no backbone have come to accept this.) And that Blanchett’s only shot is a Best Supporting Actress nom for her genius-level Bob Dylan performance in Todd HaynesI’m Not There?