Around the Circuit: November 24 – November 30



Link(s) of the week:

David O. Russell’s American Hustle has finally been seen, and, as multiple reports suggest, Jennifer Lawrence steals the show in what appears to be a heavy front runner at the SAG awards, along with – quite possibly – Oscar himself. In Contention’s Kris Tapley wrote that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Lawrence become the most recognized member of the cast this awards season, but felt the film might have been positioned better if released in the spring. Deadline’s Pete Hammond pined that if rivals of the film were hoping it would be a bust, they would be disappointed. The Wrap’s Steve Pond quipped that the film “deserves contemplation rather than a rush to judgment.” Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson added that the film is a “a rousing crowdpleaser with populist appeal.”

Other worthy news from around the web…

The Wrap’s Steve Pond told us why we might never see a Best Picture field of ten films again.

Collider’s Adam Chitwood wondered what we’ve all been wondering for months: Can anyone beat Blanchett?

In Contention’s Gerard Kennedy took us deeper into the race for the Best Sound Mixing Oscar.

Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeff Wells thinks Paramount’s marketing strategy for Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street has been simply brilliant.

Yahoo! Movies‘ Thelma Adams gave us her list of snubs and surprises following the release of the Spirit Award nominations.

Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone told us what those Spirit Awards mean to Oscar and cinema.

Deadline’s Pete Hammond gave us an early (say what??) look at the Best Picture race.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg listed five ways to get the attention of awards voters.

Thompson on Hollywood’s Susan Wloszczyna felt that Best Man Holiday, Black Nativity, and Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas helped round out a banner year for black filmmakers.

The Playlist’s Oliver Lyttelton broke down the races for Oscar’s Original Song and Original Score.

Following the release of Disney’s Frozen, Cinemablend’s Sean O’Connell admits he is now more excited about the next Disney film than one from the Pixar studios.