What is this strange Dave Karger belief in Atonement‘s shot at a Best Picture nomination? Isn’t it dead? Is there anyone who sincerely believes otherwise? And if they do, based on what? It’s a very sad and strong film that fell on deaf ears. It’s the light that failed. I knew it was in trouble when my ex-wife saw it last month and said she really didn’t like it. “Whaat?” I replied, more than a little startled. “But, but…”