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Awards Season Roundup: Is the Oscar race over already?

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.

Tom O’Neil nominates the frontrunners (“The Social Network,” Colin Firth, Natalie Portman) and wonders aloud if the Oscar race is over before it really begins.

You’ve no doubt heard the story that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will donate $100 million (!!!) to the New Jersey public school system. Some say it is to counteract his portrayal in David Fincher’s “The Social Network.” Either way, he’ll make the donation on Oprah Winfrey’s program later today.

Meanwhile, Jeff Wells has footage of Fincher and Jesse Eisenberg at yesterday’s Apple Soho Q-and-A. I wish Sony would post this entire conversation. I’d love to hear the Q-and-A in its entirety.

In Oscar news, Steve Bass has been named production designer for this year’s telecast. His credits include the 2004 Democratic Convention and this year’s 62nd Emmy Awards.

And Gregory Ellwood calls Roman Polanski’s next film – with Jodie Foster and Kate Winslett on board – “Oscar bait.” But he means for next year’s ceremony.

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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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