If you think of handicapping/watching the Academy Awards this Sunday as a spectator sport, the New York Times
-- especially its Carpetbagger blog
-- is the place to catch up on a compendium of behind-the-scenes features. Topics range from scene-stealing dogs
like "The Artist"'s Uggie to the Oscar ballots of mostly mass-market "notables" like Martha Stewart, Al Roker and Tabitha Coffey (whose rise from contestant on hairdressing competition to featured "Bravolebrity" we admit, somewhat shamefacedly, to have witnessed). We especially enjoyed reading the Oscar commentary
of a slightly more highbrow notable, author Sarah Vowell, whose "only clear ...