Around the Circuit: November 24th – November 30th

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:

In the wake of last weekend’s screenings for Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, pundits scrambled to update their Best Picture Predictions, including Anthony Breznican at Entertainment Weekly, Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon, and Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter, to name a few.

Following last week’s look at the Supporting Actor and Actress contenders, Adam Chitwood of Collider previews the races for Lead Actor and Actress, as well as Animated Feature, Original and Adapted Screenplays, and the tech/crafts, and then finally gets to Picture and Director. I say he is overestimating Skyfall’s chances for the top prize, and perhaps underestimating Ben Affleck’s shot at Director, but the rest of it seems in alignment with what most are saying at the moment.

In Contention’s Gerard Kennedy stirs up conversation for the Sound Mixing and Costume Design races.

Oliver Lyttelton at The Playlist gave us five facts that we might not know about Casablanca, on the 70th anniversary of the greatest film of all time. Yeah, I said it.

Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood looks over The Weinstein Company’s Oscar strategy this year, and thinks things might not go as planned for the Oscar giants. She then joins Beth Hanna and looks over the frontrunners for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar.

Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone’s examines the presence of war in the Best Picture race in her State of the Race piece.