Around the Circuit: November 17 – November 23



Link(s) of the week:

The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg looked at the 20 films he thinks have the best shot to win Best Picture, and weighed the pros and cons of those chances. He also looked at some underdogs in the race that might slip below most people’s Oscar radar.

Other worthy news from around the web…

Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson gave us the reason Bruce Dern will absolutely be nominated for Lead Actor (Nebraska) in her interview with the acting veteran.

Deadline’s Pete Hammond explained the importance of having your film seen in the festival circuit if you want to win Oscar gold.

Rope of Silicon’s Brad Brevet updated his Oscar predictions, still holding strong with American Hustle. I can’t blame him for that, even though it is unseen by anyone just yet. Something tells me Gravity and 12 Years a Slave might not be the film of choice for an Academy that has seemed to prefer lighter fare as of late (which is why I currently have Saving Mr. Banks #1). It’s more fun to go out on a limb at this stage anyway, since, at this point, nobody really has a real idea which way it will go. Anyone that tells you otherwise is a fool or a liar.

Roger Ebert’s Susan Wloszczyna heaped praise on Judi Dench in her review of Philomena.

In Contention’s Kris Tapley pointed out how this Oscar season is the densest he’s ever covered.

The Playlist’s Oliver Lyttelton wondered if Saudi Arabia’s Wadjda would go on to win the Foreign Language Oscar.

What Culture’s Adrian Smith ranked the 20 most satifying moments in film.

The Wrap shared this hilarious compilation of Jennifer Lawrence interviews/moments.


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