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Around the Circuit: December 1st – December 7th

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:

Following the announcements of the New York Film Critics’ Circle and the National Board of Review winners on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, Oliver Lyttelton of The Playlist reminded us that it is a long awards season, and that neither groups are great indicators as to who will prevail at the Oscars.

Anthony Taormina at Screen Rant gives us a preview of films coming in the month of December, while Jack Giroux of Film School Rejects gives us a list of his own.

After the snubbing of West of Memphis and The Central Park Five, Pete Hammond of Deadline looks at the finalists for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar and ponders if the new rules helped get the right films recognized.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg gives us his weekly updated Oscar predictions. Later in the week, he suggested three changes to Oscar voting that might make things a little easier on the voters, and in return result in more satisfying selections.  In a word, it’s brilliant.

Sasha Stone of Awards Daily speaks of hope in her latest State of the Race piece.

Here is a nice piece from Variety that Terence pointed me to, where directors from Broadway pay homage to their film brethren.

Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon has seen Zero Dark Thirty, and thus has updated his Oscar predictions.

Over at Cinema Blend, in the wake of the NBR and NYFCC sending her home empty handed, Katey Rich and Sean O’Connell debate whether Anne Hathaway is still the favorite to win Supporting Actress for her performance in Les Miserables.

What do you think?

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Written by Mark Johnson

Lover of all things film and Oscar. Fantasy sports’ equivalent of George Steinbrenner. Your very own Han Solo, making friends all over the movie-loving galaxy in spite of himself. When he’s not ranking just about everything or dominating boardgames, Mark is breaking down the Oscar race 24/7 with Rain Man-like stats and knowledge. In his downtime, you can find him commiserating with other Northeast Ohio sports fans because a hero isn’t complete without a little heartbreak. If Game of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Survivor are your style, then congratulations, you have something in common with this inglourious basterd.

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