You know a movie is a formidable Oscar contender when a whisper campaign starts making the rounds against it. Or: if they aren’t whispering against you, you’re not really in the game. What are the current whisper campaigns? I was told this morning that some are calling Little Miss Sunshine “this year’s Sideways“…in other words, too marginal, too blue-state-ish, doomed to lose, etc. Dreamgirls, they’re saying, “is entertaining but isn’t all that good.” The Departed “isn’t about anything.” Remove the aura of Helen Mirren‘s performance and The Queen is “just a pretty good British TV movie.” None of these are very mean or ugly. Has anyone heard any that would qualify as deplorable?