Box office clearly was not the standard for choosing this year's nine nominees for the Best Picture Oscar. Only one has topped $100 million in revenue. Are Academy members focused on quality or are they out of touch with the audience? Also, protests against Koran burning continue in Afghanistan despite a US apology. On Reporter's Notebook, could A Separation -- nominated for best foreign picture – help change American perceptions of Iran?
Banner image: Producer Michael B. Seligman speaks onstage during the 84th Academy Awards announcement held at AMPAS' Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images