Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air has taken something of a back seat in the Oscar-buzz department over the last month or so as Precious has been dominating the conversation. But now that the George Clooney comedic drama has won the National Board of Review prize for Best Picture and is finally hitting theaters in New York and Los Angeles tomorrow, its sure-to-be-fantastic reviews will soon elevate it to movie-to-beat status. Here’s Part 1 of my OscarWatch interview with the hyper-articulate writer-director, on working with Clooney and obsessing over frequent-flier miles.