October 20, 2016
        "Manchester by the Sea" leads the Gotham Award nominations                Tom Ford, Marc Platt and Kenneth Lonergan to be Honored at 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                Tom Cruise is in his action hero comfort zone with "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"                "Moonlight" could be A24's big Oscar horse this year                Ewan McGregor steps behind the camera with "American Pastoral"                Hollywood Contenders: A second crack at Golden Globe predictions for 2016                "The Accountant" seeks to help give Ben Affleck another blockbuster                85 countries will be competing for Best Foreign Language Feature nominations at the Oscars                Tom Hanks to receive Hollywood Actor Award for "Sully" @ Hollywood Film Awards                "Certain Women" showcases Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and Michelle Williams                Ben Affleck is perhaps Hollywood's biggest and most diverse superstar                "The Birth of a Nation" looks to survive controversy and contend for awards                "The Girl on the Train" hopes to transport Emily Blunt to the Oscar race                "The Jungle Book," "Zootopia" and Craft Artists to be Honored at the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                Ben Affleck's "Live By Night" officially is a 2016 contender        

Awards Season Roundup: Will Focus push Plummer into the Oscar race?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race.

Anne Thompson (wisely) speculates that Focus Features will try and get Christopher Plummer into the Oscar race for “Beginners.”

Over at HitFix, Gregory Ellwood wonders if David O. Russell’sThe Fighter” has a puncher’s chance in this year’s Oscar race.

Will the Best Actress race boil down to Natalie Portman versus Annette Bening?

Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” is the year’s best film? FIPRESCI thinks so.

Has “The King’s Speech” peaked too soon? Kris Tapley wonders.

The L.A. Times is a little late with that “Toronto 2010 feels like Toronto 2008” story.

Meanwhile, David Carr of The N.Y. Times digs into David Fincher’sThe Social Network” ahead of that film’s screening at the New York Film Festival.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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