Link(s) of the week:
At The Wrap, Steve Pond ran a simulation for Oscar that resulted in an outcome with eight Best Picture nominees. He has been allowed by the BFCA to recount their ballots under Oscar’s preferential system, and while the same method forecast eight noms last year (we had nine), it’s still an interesting read to say the least.
Variety’s Jon Weisman wonders why the results of Oscar voting is kept a secret.
Sasha Stone of Awards Daily fills us in on the state of the race, and like me, feels Lincoln is still the film to beat, though she reminds us that nobody knows anything.
The staff at The Playlist ranks the worst films of the year. I have to admit to only seeing one of their selections (John Carter).
Katey Rich of Cinema Blend ranks her 10 biggest breakthroughs of 2012 for actors and directors. Her top three choices seem a bit odd for a “breakthrough” list, though. Click the link to see who they are and her explanation for her selections.
Rope of Silicon’s Brad Brevet ranked the five best docs for the year.
Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter updates his weekly Oscar predictions.