It’s time to visit the week that was via our Around the Circuit piece, where we look back at articles that we feel are worth your time covering the Oscar race, new releases, or really just anything film related.

Link(s) of the week:

The big news of the week was Seth MacFarlane being named the host of the 85th Academy Awards ceremony, and so therefore everyone around the web had to weigh in with their thoughts. Anne Thompson at Thompson on Hollywood feels he was cast to attract young male viewers, Sasha Stong at Awards Daily thinks the choice was a good one, Kris Tapley of In Contention believes the selection will bring a fresh spark to the show, while Nathaniel Rogers at The Film Experience states this is one more brick in the identity crisis wall the Academy has been building the last few years.

Sasha Stone reminds us of the Ten Commandments of Oscar Watching. While I disagree with her on the philosophy of refraining from predicting an unseen film to win, the rest is spot on.

Slash Film’s Germain Lussier gets some answers from Rian Johnson about his new – and brilliant – film, Looper. It’s basically nothing but spoilers, but if you’ve seen the film – and you should have by now! – it is a must read.

After having looked at the slate of Best Picture contenders last week, the guys at In Contention are back at it with the Lead Actor race.

Thelma Adams over at Yahoo looks at five female performances to come out of TIFF that she feels should be buzzed about throughout the awards season.

The LA Times’ Glenn Whipp knows that Looper isn’t Academy fodder, but that isn’t stopping him from trying to get AMPAS to consider it anyway.

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