|Tom Hanks as Walt Disney|
And this time Tom Hanks, missing from this year's nominees, features prominently in next year's crop of films.
So here's a look at the movies already being talked about:
Hanks could well be a best actor nominee for portraying Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, about the making of Mary Poppins, as well as starring in British director Paul Greengrass's Captain Phillips in which he plays a seaman kidnapped by Somali pirates.
George Clooney, too, is likely to be front and centre at next year's awards, as he is producing the dysfunctional family drama August: Orange County, starring Meryl Streep and also directing and starring in Monuments Man, based on Robert Edsel's book about art experts retrieving works stolen by the Nazis.
Leonardo Di Caprio, too, could be in the running with his role in Martin Scorsese's tale of corporate greed, Wolf of Wall Street.
So they, along with the Coen Brothers for their 1960's-set Greenwich Village folk-music drama Inside Llewyn Davis and Alexander Payne's road-trip drama Nebraska, are the early frontrunners already being talked and written about and are probably worth a bet at long odds. But hey! There's a whole year ahead and anything could happen.