The Oscar hopes of smaller films -- EW looks at whether ''The Squid and the Whale,'' ''Brokeback Mountain,'' and others can grab the Academy's attention

The Independent Spirit Award nominations have once again boosted the Oscar hopes of some smaller films and foreshadowed possible Academy snubs. Among those topping this year’s list were The Squid and the Whale, Brokeback Mountain, Capote, and Good Night, and Good Luck. But Brokeback costar Jake Gyllenhaal was omitted, and Crash, shut out of Best Feature, scored just two nods.