For a while now, awards-watchers have noted the transformation of BAFTA from a quirky British outsider to a fairly slavish Oscar follower in the awards race -- and it turns out some voters have too. One, in particular, has anonymously admonished the organization (himself included) for dishonest voting: "The voting process is based less on artistic merit than on a combination of coercion, trend-following and pot luck ... Bafta voting guidelines state explicitly that you must only vote for films you have seen. Which makes perfect sense. But I've done it. And I bet everyone else has, too. You vote for the ones you think are going to win. We're sheep. And we follow the sheep in front of us ... It's why the same old names appear year after year." Not exactly a revelation, this, nor is it is exclusive to BAFTA. [The Guardian]

Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes on a recent shift in Oscar convention: the most-nominated film no longer takes Best Picture as a matter of course. [New York Times]

Steve McQueen is developing a BBC TV drama focusing on the experience of British black families. [Screen Daily]

Matthew Eng on "American Hustle's" Jennifer Lawrence problem. I don't quite agree, but a great read. [The Film Experience]

Tim Gray wonders if "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will perform even less well in next week's nominations than its predecessor, which netted three nods last year. [Variety]

Meanwhile, the film's production designer, Dan Hennah, discusses his process. [Below the Line]

The Hollywood Film Awards will be televised in future. Steve Pond, like everyone else, is skeptical. [The Wrap]

Jen Chaney on why this, once again, will not be Leonardo DiCaprio's year at the Oscars. [The Dissolve]

Christopher Nolan will be honored will the Founder's Award at this year's Slamdance Film Festival. [Hollywood Reporter]

Bilge Ebiri on how "Frozen" went from a hit to a phenomenon. [Vulture]

Guy Lodge is a South African-born critic and sometime screenwriter. In addition to his work at In Contention, he is a freelance contributor to Variety, Time Out, Empire and The Guardian. He lives well beyond his means in London.