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Awards Season Roundup: Ebert says Phoenix deserves Oscar consideration

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.

As Joaquin Phoenix comes clean on David Letterman’s program, Roger Ebert sits down with “I’m Still Here” director Casey Affleck. In the column, Ebert writes, “Based on what [Affleck] said, ‘I’m Still Here’ must be considered a fiction feature, and Phoenix’s work in it must be considered eligible for an Academy Award nomination.”

Was the recent Facebook outage, which last nearly two hours, a clever PR move by Sony’s “Social Network” marketing team?

Clint Eastwood’sHereafter” has a ghostly new poster.

Steve Pond does a post-film festival rundown of top contenders (and pretenders).

More folks jumping on the “Town isn’t an Oscar contender” bandwago. Today, it’s David Poland.

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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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