1. Metro! Metro smashed it's previous rail ridership record, recording about 1.12 million trips on Inauguration Day. I say about because at several station they locked faregates in the open position to allow for easier movement. Adding in the 423,000 bus trips and 1,721 MetroAccess trips, Metro carried approximately 1.54 million people. YAY Metro! Press Release, here.
2. Oscar nominations are out this morning - you can view them here. Neither the Dark Knight, nor WALL-E made it into the Best Picture category, which I found strange - but Slumdog Millionaire did. WALL-E will definitely win Best Animated Feature Film, but still, I think its a contender for Best Picture.
My picks, for the ones which I know:
Best Actor: Sean Penn (Milk) ... maybe Brad Pitt (Benjamin Button)
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger (Dark Knight)
Best Actress: Meryl Streep (Doubt)
Best Animated Feature: WALL-E
Cinematography: Slumbdog Millionaire
Directing: This category is full of tough choices, all are deserving
Music (Score): Slumdog Millionaire or WALL-E
Music (Song): Jai-Ho (Slumdog), or O Saya (Slumdog)
Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire, though Milk is definitely very deserving.
Writing (Adapted): Slumdog Millionaire
Writing (Original): Milk, or maybe WALL-E