1. 'BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD' BECOMES A CONTENDER
Who would have thought before Thursday morning that films like "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo" and "Les Miserables" would be staring up at the tiny indie "Beasts of the Southern Wild," envious of the Academy love showered upon it? But that's the situation we have with the 85th annual Academy Awards, as the quiet fantasy/drama scored a Best Picture nod, a nod for first-time director Benh Zeitlin, and a Best Actress shot for Quvenzhané Wallis, who at nine years old becomes the youngest Best Actress contender ever. Throw in a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" has a real shot at forging an Oscar coup that no one could see coming upon its release last year. Color us surprised.