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Ask most awards analysts who the current frontrunners for the Best Actor Oscar are, and you'll probably get some combination of the names George Clooney, Jean Dujardin and Brad Pitt. Clooney probably knows that, which is why it's both magnanimous and, who knows, perhaps slyly strategic for him to name Dujardin and Pitt's performances, in "The Artist" and "Moneyball" respectively, as being among his favorites of the year: I don't for a minute doubt his ingenuousness (or his judgment) when he describes Dujardin's work as "spectacular," but by singling out these performances, he indirectly puts himself in their company. The man's smoothness knows no bounds. [Los Angeles Times]
Sasha Stone investigates the Best Original Screenplay race. It's a thorough rundown... but where's "Martha Marcy May Marlene?" [Awards Daily]
Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi unveils the original song he co-wrote with Cameron Crowe for "We Bought a Zoo." [NPR]
Aiming to regain their creative mojo after "Cars 2," Pixar release new images from "Brave." Anyone else think it's looking a tad ugly? [The Guardian]
Bob Strauss on the identity crisis that the Oscar telecast seems to be facing. [Daily Breeze]
David Hudson gathers opinion on one of the year's best films, "Tomboy," now playing in New York. If you can, go. [Mubi Notebook]
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