Speaking of Drezner (though he is far from alone, just the one I'm picking on): Can we have a moratorium on the inane debates over who was "screwed" out of an Oscar nomination? At least until someone has the integrity also to explain who ought to have been left off the list.
Anyway, it's hard to see what all the fuss is about, unless you really like hearing Joan Rivers dish on the fashion. Since when were the Academy Awards ever taken seriously as a measure of film quality? Shakespeare in Love? The Greatest Show on Earth? The Gladiator? Forrest-fricking-Gump?
OK, maybe a little more seriously than the Grammies are for music (Jethro Tull for best metal album anyone?). Even so, once the Oscars are over you hear almost no one talk about who was nominated, unless it's in an obituary. And even the winners fade with time so that, a decade from now, all anyone will care about is which films were any good, not who won. Raging Bull; case closed. Can you remember the last time you went to a video store and thought, "Hmmm, this one got best supporting actor -- a must-rent!"
The only thing more annoying than that are the people who, once they stop talking, have named 87 teams which must be in their March Madness bracket (Dick Vitale, I'm looking at you!). Can't wait.
Come to think about it, sounds a lot like the Bush budget.