One of the stories linked in today's round-up is yesterday's much-discussed news concerning Werner Herzog being cast as a villain opposite Tom Cruise in the Reacher film "One Shot." I doubt very much I was alone by uttering to myself, "Brilliant," when I read that news. And even though Herzog is so distinguishable that it would probably be a little tough for him to act often, I say screw that. Star in more roles, Werner! How great would it be to see him hit his golden years as an actor consistently popping up in films and in a variety of roles? No? Am I alone here? "The new Herzog movie" would take on a whole new meaning. Anyway, let's see what's going on in the Oscarweb today...

Werner Herzog will play a villain opposite Tom Cruise in "One Shot." Brilliant? [Variety]

Steve Pond reports that the Academy's long-gestating museum project may have found a home at LACMA. [The Odds]

Brad Brevet finds an interesting, though perhaps (consciously) unintentional (who knows?) parallel in the imagery of Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" and Akira Kurosawa's "Kagemusha." [Rope of Silicon]

Thelma Adams, Susan Wloszczyna and Sasha Stone discuss the Best Supporting Actor race. []

Melissa Molina chats with "The Ides of March" star Evan Rachel Wood. [Latino Review]

The 82nd Oscarcast team of Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and Adam Shankman are planning a new film. [Deadline]

Kyle Buchanan keeps hammering the Oscar talk around "Bridesmaids," ponders whether Kristen Wiig is deserving. [Vulture]

T Bone Burnett talks overlooked music geniuses across the pond. [The Telegraph]

Fox Searchlight announces a December 2 release date for Steve McQueen's "Shame." [Twitter]

Talking a digital "Anonymous" with DP Anna J. Foerster. [American Cinematographer]

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.