I can't imagine that Harry "I didn't go to college" Truman would ever excite much buzz among the media.
In its most recent issue, Entertainment Weekly devotes two pages to the Oscar contenders this year, before many of these films are even released and before any widespread viewing of these supposedly Oscar-worthy performances. How do they arrive at these conclusions? I can only surmise that they do it based on publicist hype and cocktail party buzz. Silly. Maybe this is why less-well-known actors who deliver sterling performances in smaller movies (and who have "lesser" publicists) often fail to gain recognition or nomination?
How is this for an idea: Let's save the media Oscar buzz for after people actually see the films and the performances.