Not to follow up yesterday's round-up with yet another Pixar-themed lead story, but, alas, when it's in the news... Yesterday John Lasseter was the recipient of the 2,453rd star awarded/bought on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He apparently had some touching words for the late Steve Jobs, who passed away last month and was key to Pixar's early success. I wasn't able to attend the ceremony at the last minute, but Anne Thompson was on hand and got some nice video of the event. [Thompson on Hollywood]

Meanwhile, with that and with "Cars 2" coming to DVD/Blu-ray, John Young writes up Pixar's top 12 movie moments. [Entertainment Weekly]

Brad Brevet offers up a guide to seven Oscar contenders to look for in November. [Rope of Silicon]

Art Directors Guild to pay tribute to the "Harry Potter" series. [Variety]

Because some UK critics didn't like "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," Phil Hoad wants to ask if Steven Spielberg has lost his mojo. [The Guardian]

It looks like Disney is taking the heartland approach to drumming up interest in the director's "War Horse." [Film Metro]

Alexander Payne on adapting "The Descendants" from page to screen. [24 Frames]

On the occasion of Gil Cates's passing, Arthur Axelman recalls how he convinced the former Oscar producer to make Billy Crystal a host. [The Wrap]

Brett Ratner talks "Tower Heist" and the Oscars, among other things. [Collider]

David Poland sits down with "Midnight in Paris" producer Letty Aronson. [The Hot Blog]

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Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape for over a decade. He founded In Contention in 2005. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. He begs you not to take any of this too seriously.