For some nice flashbacks, check out Neatorama's collection of Academy Award trivia.
The fact that there are several strong contenders awaiting tonight's envelopes means some stars and films that would have won in less creative years will receive nothing, nada, zip.
But before crying to the heavens over such injustice, we should remember one item:
Hollywood does not stint when it comes to recognizing its own.
I don't watch much television but it seems that many a star's calendar must be peppered with one award ceremony after another. Casually flick on the set and you'll frequently see the same group passing around the gongs.
In some cases, of course, a star who is not honored here may be lionized elsewhere. [As one wag observed, all Jerry Lewis movies should have the subtitle: "But he's considered a genius in France."]
There are clear injustices - neither Cary Grant nor Alfred Hitchcock got an Oscar - but when it comes to recognition, Hollywood makes other industries look Amish.