There are two main categories that really have me scratching my head at times this year: Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. The Jessica Chastain situation has become maddening for me. It should be a no-brainer: "The Help," by miles. Yet there's confusion. But whatever. We were probably the first to have Shailene Woodley in the mix, but I still find myself wondering if she'll just be skipped over. And the frontrunner, which we've had at the top since day one thanks to Guy having had a look at Berlin in February, still sits on my stack of screeners. Maybe I should finally watch "Coriolanus" and get the perspective I need. (Talk about a no-brainer.) Anyway, Jeff Wells recently offered his thoughts on how he'd like it all to pan out. [Hollywood Elsewhere]

Pete Hammond catches up with prolific composer Alexandre Desplat. [Deadline]

Scott Bowles talks "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" with David Fincher. [USA Today]

Celebrating the makeup of "Super 8." [Film Experience]

Listen to Howard Shore's "Hugo" score. [ParamountGuilds.com]

David Poland sits down with the director's writer, John Logan. [Hot Blog]

Greg Ellwood has the poster for "In the Land of Blood and Honey." [Awards Campaign]

More on Fox Searchlight's embracing of NC-17 for "Shame." [Speakeasy]

Why the film could legitimize the rating. [Hollywood Reporter]

Steve Pond on gems and long shots in the foreign language film category. [The Odds]

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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.