I am SO PLEASED that my favorite movie of the year, "Tropic Thunder", was recognized with a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Robert Downey, Jr for his portrayal of "a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude." Blackface has not been done since Al Jolson and believe you me, there's a reason for that - not just anybody could pull it off.
I only wish Ben Stiller had been recognized too somehow. I know that satirical comedies generally aren't Important Enough for the Academy but jeez, the guy spent 8-10 years developing the story, co-writing the script, taking the lead and then directing a movie within another movie in the middle of a jungle. No small feat.
RDJ is up against Heath Ledger so not sure about his chances but would love to see him win.