The first was "Drive" which was up for Best Sound Editing. It also gained a little notoriety in that Albert Brooks, who normally does comedic roles, was thought to get a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his portrayal of a scumbag mob boss. When he didn't get the nomination he turned back to comedy and delivered the line "You don't like me! You REALLY don't like me!" which was a takeoff of the famous line Sally Fields used at the Oscars years ago when she won for "Norma Rae." Overall I was pretty impressed with the movie, but it just couldn't pull everything together at the end. The opening scene which involved eluding the LA Police after a heist was masterful. I just wish it could have followed through like that. I put it in the same category as "To Live and Die in LA" or "Manhunter." Style alone can't carry a movie like this. Close, but no cigar.
The second was "Warrior." Mixed martial arts is definitely not my thing. I would have passed this one by had it not been for a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Nick Nolte. In the end I was pleasantly surprised by the story. I thought of the film as "the 'Rocky' for this generation." The acting was very good, especially Nolte, but I can see why he didn't win. Like I said, it was a surprisingly good film for the subject matter.
I'll also throw out that I watched "A Town Called Panic." I had seen one of the shorts before (all available on Hulu!) which involved a bear. It took me a second to realize the style. Think "Robot Chicken" on brie and crack. The pace and storyline would be perfect for kids with ADD on a sugar high. I did notice an "Airplane" moment when one of the characters utters "Merde!" and the translation came up with something like "Golly!"