A byline-free Yahoo Movies article about likely Oscar nomines was posted late this afternoon, and the basic claims are that Helen Mirren may win the Best Actress Oscar for The Queen (duhhh), and Peter O’Toole may finally win for Venus (things have been strangely silent from the O’Toole corner since he bailed on Toronto Film Festival due to ill health).

And also that Jack Nicholson‘s mobster performance in The Departed could result in his tying Katharine Hepburn for a record fourth Oscar (no way…too many people are saying his Costello character is way too over-the top), and that Clint Eastwood‘s direction of Flags of Our Fathers may fortify his rep as “one of the winningest directors in Oscar history” (maybe, but Flags noms are looking somewhat uncertain at this stage).