This year, it's mainly coming from the producers of a small, little-seen Penelope Cruz picture who are mad as hell that the saucy Spaniard - best known for having briefly "dated" Tom Cruise - wasn't nominated for Best Actress.
In the Italian-made indie flick, "Don't Move," which had a limited theatrical release last March, Cruz did her best to look her worst as a dirty-haired, gap-toothed rape victim who falls for her assailant, a smarmy brain surgeon.
"Her entire [Best Actress nomination] campaign was sabotaged," John Lawrence Re, one of the producers, fumed to Page Six. "[The Academy] voters decided to not take Penelope seriously as an actress. She's always been a person considered to be exotic and fun. And I have to say that that worked against her. I don't see any other explanation. She wasn't even a dark horse nominee."
Re, the CEO of film company Northern Arts Entertainment, raged on about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters. "The voters are older people you've never heard of. That body of 1,200 voters don't even go to the movies. They go on word of mouth. So, if everybody is saying that Reese Witherspoon should win, odds are that's who they'll vote for. That's how the voting is done."
Everybody is, in fact, saying that Witherspoon will win for her yokel turn in "Walk the Line." The other nominees up for Best Actress are Judi Dench, Felicity Huffman, Keira Knightley and Charlize Theron.
Re says Theron shares the same publicists as Cruz, PMK. He claims that the firm decided it was a safer bet to put all its eggs in the Theron basket for her role in the chicks-in-coal-mines drama "North Country."
While Post critic V.A. Musetto gave "Don't Move" only two stars, critiquing that it was "insulting to women," he allowed that Cruz had a "difficult role" that "shows she can act." Similarly, Times critic A.O. Scott backhandedly acknowledged Cruz's chops, writing that the role was her "most credible performance to date" and "suggests she may be a real actress."
Cruz, who dated Cruise after they starred in "Vanilla Sky," is now billing and cooing with bottle-blond bongo aficionado Matthew McConaughey.