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It may currently be sitting at #6 in the US box-office chart for 2012, but impressive as that is, "Skyfall" is a phenomenon on a different scale across the pond. In its sixth week of release in the UK, James Bond's latest outing has surpassed "Avatar" to become the highest-grossing film in British box-office history with a total of nearly $152 million. (Yes, we are a smaller country.) As well as being the best possible golden-anniversary gift for the franchise, it's also likely to be labelled a major victory for comparatively old-school, adult-oriented commercial cinema that doesn't even boast 3D premiums to jack up the numbers. The question from an awards standpoint now is whether BAFTA will dare ignore it in the top categories. Daniel Craig got nominated in 2006, so could 007 be in line for its first Best Film nod? [The Independent]
Joe Reid does a thorough sizing-up of the Best Actress race, and shares my position that those calling it a weak one really need to wake up. Also, Rachel Weisz is RIGHT BEHIND YOU. [Film.com]
Lisa Schwarzbaum and Owen Gleiberman respectively rate "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Lincoln" as the year's best. [Entertainment Weekly]
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