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Mark Harris has been pretty vocal in expressing his disdain for the Oscar buzz that emerged from the echo chamber that is the Toronto Film Festival. Instead, he claims that the awards race really started last week, when audiences were actually able to see two of the awards hopefuls that emerged from the fall festival circuit: Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" and Ron Howard's "Rush." (Of course, by that rationale, you may argue that the Oscar race runs all year round.) Anyway, while it's "Rush" that has enjoyed far more advance buzz, it's Holofcener's quiet indie, Harris argues, that emerged victorious in the real world, winning on the critical and commercial front. Will voters see it? "In the case of Rush, it's Hollywood that tells the world, 'This is an Academy movie'," he writes. "In the case of Enough Said, it's the world that has to tell Hollywood." [Grantland]
The Academy has made some changes to the voting system in the animated race -- Steve Pond examines the specifics. [The Wrap]
Former Academy president Tom Sherak has been named the new Los Angeles "film czar." I confess I saw this headline repeated about a dozen times before I actually knew what it meant. [LA Times]
"Star Wars," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "West Side Story" have been voted Britain's favorite film soundtracks in a BBC listeners' poll. [The Independent]
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