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Oscar Talk: Ep. 95 -- Everyone's predicting, 'Lincoln' and 'Skyfall' land

Oscar Talk: Ep. 95 -- Everyone's predicting, 'Lincoln' and 'Skyfall' land

Also: Digging into Best Cinematography

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

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<p>Daniel&nbsp;Craig in &quot;Skyfall&quot;</p>

Daniel Craig in "Skyfall"

Credit: Columbia Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'Skyfall'

50 years of Bond comes to this

I'm kind of hoping I can get to the theater while I'm in LA this week to see Sam Mendes' "Skyfall" again, which I quite liked. Guy was mostly positive on it, too. I'd particularly like to take it in on IMAX to soak in those beautiful Roger Deakins images. With much talk after the film opened early overseas (mopping up at the box office), it landed on these shores yesterday. So I'm very curious to know what our readers might think of it. If you get around to seeing it, come on back here and tell us what you thought. And as always, feel free to rate it above.

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<p>From Soundgarden's &quot;Been Away Too Long&quot;</p>

From Soundgarden's "Been Away Too Long"

Watch: Soundgarden's chilling 'Been Away Too Long'; announces 2013 tour dates

Clip right in line with 'King Animal' cover art

For Soundgarden fans, the rock band has, indeed, "Been Away Too Long." Thankfully, the group has unleashed an uneasy music video for that track to ease their mind.

The impressive clip is almost entirely in slow-motion, with a mental patient making her way through a ward that's between "Session 9" and "Shutter Island." The wintry setting also hosts German shepherds and gas-masked military guards and she flees through a maze of snow and skulls. It's actually pretty awesome, her attempt to escape and the shattering finale. The creepy director-genius Josh Graham helmed; the art director has also worked with Neurosis, so that makes some sense.

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<p>Daniel Craig at the BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards on Wednesday.</p>

Daniel Craig at the BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards on Wednesday.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Day-Lewis, Craig, Tarantino honored at Britannia Awards

The BAFTA/LA event will be broadcast on Sunday

With Alan Cumming hosting, Matt Stone and Trey Parker on the winners list and Daniel Day-Lewis taking the stage with an Eastwooding routine, BAFTA/LA's Britannia Awards sound considerably more fun than their parent organization's February ceremony across the pond. Then again, that's often the case with awards shows the general public doesn't really know about -- though they'll have a chance to see for themselves when the ceremony is broadcast this Sunday on BBC America.

The Britannia Awards, which have been held by the British Academy's Los Angeles outcrop since 1989, aren't a competitive ceremony, but rather a celebration of a selected handful of individuals -- usually mostly British, though not this year -- deemed to have enriched the medium. It's not an award tied to specific films, though they often alight on artists who already have a clear presence in the awards season.

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<p>Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen in &quot;A Royal Affair,&quot; Denmark's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar</p>

Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen in "A Royal Affair," Denmark's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Roundup: Oscar hopeful 'A Royal Affair' wins big at AFI Fest

Also: THR's actors' roundtable, and Virginia loves 'Lincoln'

The AFI Fest closed last night with the "world premiere" (even if the NYFF let the cat out of the bag weeks ago) of "Lincoln," but not before handing out some awards. And the big winner was... well, Scandinavia. Swedish immigrant drama "Eat Sleep Die" took the Grand Jury Prize, and the superb Danish thriller "A Hijacking" (see my Variety review) took the Audience Award in the New Auteurs section, but the big winner from an Oscar perspective was Denmark's foreign-language submission "A Royal Affair," which underlined its serious contender status by taking the World Cinema Audience Award. Not many were paying attention when it won two prizes at Berlin in February, but this smart historical romance has grown in stature ever since. It wasn't the only foreign Oscar hopeful to take a gong: Kenya's first-ever entry, "Nairobi Half Life" was also rewarded. [AFI Fest

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<p>Luke Pasqualino as a young William Adama in &quot;Battlestar Galactica:&nbsp;Blood &amp;&nbsp;Chrome.&quot;</p>

Luke Pasqualino as a young William Adama in "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome."

Credit: Syfy

'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome' goes back to Adama's rookie days

Prequel series pilot makes its debut on YouTube

The night that Sci Fi executives screened the "Battlestar Galactica" finale for critics and VIPs, we were told two things: 1)The channel's name was changing to Syfy, which was pronounced the same, spelled in a more goofy manner, but which, we all assumed, would be trademarkable in a way that "Sci Fi" was not; and 2)With the end of "BSG," The Channel About To Be Formerly Known As Sci Fi was also shifting away from the spaceships and other hard science fiction trappings in favor of more earthbound shows like "Warehouse 13" that would be the slightly weird second cousin to what was airing on USA.

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Harry Shum Jr., Amber Riley, Cory Monteith and Kevin McHale in "Glee"

Oh look, four people I like. More of these please "Glee!"

Credit: Fox

'Glee' recap: 'The Role You Were Born To Play'

Out with the new, and please bring back the old

It's been five weeks since "Glee's" breakupocalypse, and after tonight's episode, I'd be thrilled if the show went away for another five years.

By then Marley, Jake, Kitty, Unique and Ryder would have graduated high school and "Glee" could quit trying to make any of those duds happen and simply focus on the grown-up lives of the better, funnier, more diverse and interesting characters we've been following since season one.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

Credit: Lifetime

'Project Runway: All Stars' recap: 'Up Your Aerosol'

Ivy and Laura Kathleen battle to see which girl is the meanest
Oh, goody. It's a wearable art challenge! We know how these tend do go, don't we? Some people think of art as a nice dress, and other people think of art as something melting and puked up all over a wall with bits of twigs in it, and those people tend to send walking nightmares down the runway and go home. Really, I think the judges need to define art, which, as I recall, took my college professor a few classes to really nail down (and even then, the upshot is, "art is what you make it"), so maybe they could do everyone a solid and explain that they'd like to see a nice jumpsuit or something.
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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

Credit: The CW

'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'The Killer'

It's a face off between the vamps and the hunter - with dire consequences

“The Vampire Diaries” is a show largely fueled by secrets. Vampires passing as mortals, Originals with long and detailed secret histories, stolen kisses and bloodlettings. Sometimes secrets can be compelled out of mind or, after a minor squabble, be forgiven. But tonight, they kind of mess up everything in such nightmarish terms that the truth, complicated and ugly though it might be, is looking pretty darn appealing to almost everyone for a variety of reasons. Well, not everyone. But we'll get to that in a moment.

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<p>Ron Swanson&nbsp;(Nick Offerman)&nbsp;and Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz)&nbsp;on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) and Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) on "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Ben's Parents'

Jonathan Banks and Glenne Headly guest star, and Jean-Ralphio returns

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I don't mention the Green Bay Packers or the state of Iowa...

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<p>Amanda Seyfried in &quot;Les Miserables&quot;</p>

Amanda Seyfried in "Les Miserables"

Credit: Universal Pictures

New 'Les Miserables' trailer gets it primed for an Oscar push

Will it go the way of 'Chicago' or 'Nine' this season?

The sounds you hear are the competitors jockeying for position. "Argo" is the frontrunner. There's no other way to put it. And it will still be the frontrunner when "Silver Linings Playbook" hits theaters just around the corner. After that, "Life of Pi" will put up a big fight upon release, while "Lincoln," landing tomorrow, will be in the thick of it, too.

But as I said a few months back, I can't help but feel that, barring the film being a sudden commercial and/or critical bomb, Tom Hooper's "Les Misérables" is going to be the one to watch in the Best Picture race. It's been seen. It's not some great mystery anymore. And the campaign is gearing up with the first major screenings set to take place immediately after Thanksgiving.

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Watch: Rihanna shines in new video for 'Diamonds'
Credit: Def Jam Records

Watch: Rihanna shines in new video for 'Diamonds'

And look! Horsies!

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but according to Rihanna’s video for her No. 1 R&B hit of the same name, so are running horses, tattoos, and slo-mo photography.

[More after the jump...]

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