We look at the Oscar chances for Amy Ryan, ''Atonement,'' and others

By Dave Karger
December 14, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

No Country for Old Men
Prospects: Up
The Coen brothers’ drama is picking up steam with Best Picture wins from four groups, including the National Board of Review and the New York critics.

American Gangster
Prospects: Down
Ridley Scott’s crime saga did eke out a spot on the Broadcast Film Critics’ top 10 list. But it was otherwise MIA from the first round of prizes.

Prospects: ?
The period piece has earned mostly strong reviews and promising box office. But a few high-profile critical slams (like one from The New York Times) left a big sting.

Amy Ryan
Prospects: Up
Gone Baby Gone‘s fierce baby-mama is the season’s biggest winner so far, racking up six of the first seven Best Supporting Actress honors.

Prospects: Up
The quirky pregnancy comedy’s terrific reviews led to one of the highest opening-weekend per-theater averages this year. Its first trimester is going swimmingly.