10 Surefire Ways to Score Oscar Recognition, the Sequel

"Crazy Heart" is the Academy's latest music motion picture fixation. Based on country legend Hank Thompson, the vilm is up for best actor (Jeff Bridges) best supporting actress (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and best original song ("The Weary Kind.")

10. Make It the 'Feel-Good Movie of the Year'

Sometimes the Oscar goes not to the film that was the most aptly acted, the most visually stunning, the most precisely directed or the most well written. Sometimes, it goes to the movie that simply made everyone go "Aww!" at the end, like "Forrest Gump" in 1995, like "Titanic" in 1998 and "Slumdog Millionaire" in 2009.

This year, it's between "Avatar" and "The Blind Side." While "The Blind Side" has the saccharine-sweet formula down pat, "Avatar" has something to add to the "Aww!" factor -- the "Ooh," as in "Ooh, look at those blue 3-D things." Which breathless expression will prevail? Tune in March 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC to find out.

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