Link(s) of the week:
Grantland’s Mark Harris wondered if Her is really a contender and if we are already experiencing 12 Years a Slave backlash as the first round of Critics’ awards start to filter in. I’ll reiterate the fact that nobody does it better than Harris.
Other worthy news from around the web…
In Contention’s Kris Tapley shared his thoughts on Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, though he wasn’t quite ready to discuss its chances with Oscar (for the most part).
Deadline’s Pete Hammond also caught an early screening of The Wolf of Wall Street, and he too shared his reaction to the film, including that it would be unthinkable for him to imagine Leonardo DiCaprio being left out of the Lead Actor race, regardless how packed that field is now.
The Playlist’s Oliver Lyttelton broke down the races for both Production Design and Costume Design.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg gave us his thoughts on Oscar’s Documentary Feature shortlist.
Film School Rejects’ Scott Beggs told us why the NYFCC win for Steve McQueen indicates he will be the first black director to win the Oscar.
What Culture’s Christopher Lominac wondered who would win the Lead Actor Oscar.
The LA Times‘ Glenn Whipp looked into his magic Oscar 8-Ball to see the fortunes of Saving Mr. Banks and Nebraska.
The Wrap’s Todd Cunningham called it make or break time at the box office for smaller Oscar hopefuls like Philomena, The Book Thief, and All is Lost.
Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone noticed that the Lead Actress race could be dominated by veterans for a change.
Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican updated his Oscar predictions with the rise and fall of the tide that comes with the start of the critics’ awards.
Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna listed the front-runners and contenders for the Screenplay Oscars.
Collider’s Adam Chitwood looked at the race for Supporting Actress, wondering if Jennifer Lawrence could play the spoiler.