Steve McQueen doesn’t seem to know the difference between the unflinching and the gratuitous.
The film’s box office and critical successes probably mean that its nomination haul won’t end with Blanchett.
This is the first film year in a long while that’s made me want to applaud Harvey Weinstein.
With its Oscar clout and inevitable crowd-pleasing matched by widespread critical ire, Les Misérables is easily the year’s most divisive awards contender.
Any major-race hopes that Focus Features may have had for Anna Karenina were basically dashed this week.
Consider Bigelow a virtual lock, tightening up the Best Director field alongside Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, Ben Affleck, and, perhaps, Tom Hooper or David O. Russell.
What remains in the air is just how many plays the David O. Russell film can pull off.
Though it boasts the strongest pedigree of all 2012 awards contenders, Lincoln doesn’t play like obvious Oscar bait while you’re watching it.
Biopics may have the strongest track record in currying Academy favor, but tales of overcoming physical obstacles aren’t far behind.
You won’t find it on the top rosters of too many Oscar pundits, but at this stage, the alternately thrilling and unwieldy three-hour epic is the season’s closest thing to a wild card.