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Apologies for the very late roundup today: I've been having substantial technical problems. We kick off with a look at an Oscar category that few pundits claim to have a bead on: the Best Animated Feature category. In the second consecutive year that Pixar doesn't have it all wrapped up, Glenn Whipp surveys a highly flexible field, and wonders if venerable parent company Disney couldn't reclaim its dominance of the medium and score a trio of nods: with Tim Burton's well-received "Frankenweenie" (the one to beat, from where I'm standing) and "Wreck-It Ralph" bracketing Pixar's generally liked-but-not-loved "Brave." Wouldn't it be fun to have a race in this category for a change? [LA Times]
With "Skyfall" less than a month away in the UK, the Guardian kicks off the perennial discussion about the greatest ever Bond film. (The answer, in case you didn't know, is "From Russia With Love.") [The Guardian]
Speaking of which, Jeff Wells believes in "Silver Linings Playbook"'s Oscar chances so much that he allegedly broke down in a parking lot when Tom O'Neil averred. At least it wasn't over something unimportant. [Gold Derby]
How much is an Academy Award worth these days? Well, if it's the one Joan Crawford won 65 years ago, a little over $400,000. Yes, that's less than what Bette Davis's statuette fetched. Ouch. [Vanity Fair]
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