October 24, 2016
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Awards Season Roundup: Hammond calls “The Town” a “serious” awards contender

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.

Pete Hammond discusses the importance of private screenings for Oscar voters, then moves on to “The Town” and calls is “a serious awards prospect.”

The Kids Are All Right” co-stars Julianne Moore and Annette Bening both will compete for a Best Actress nomination, according to Dave Karger. Will they split the vote, or both score nods?

Polled critics say “Meek’s Cutoff” was the best feature at the Toronto film festival. That’s impressive. What’s even more impressive? It topped “127 Hours,” “Black Swan” and audience pleaser “The King’s Speech.” James Franco also won “Best Lead Performance” (ahead of Natalie Portman), while Geoffrey Rush took “Best Supporting Performance” (ahead of Vincent Cassel).

Mike Leigh, director of “Another Year,” has a few mildly unkind things to say about the Oscars and the BAFTAs.

Finally, Lindsay Lohan likely is heading back to jail after failing court-mandated drug tests. Jeff Wells recommends she see David Fincher’s “The Social Network” before heading off to the pokey. Good advice.

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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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