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Awards Season Roundup: How will “Social Network” play with Academy members?

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 “The Social Network” collects an army of positive reviews, the cast opens up about Mark Zuckerberg’s timely donation of $100 million to Newark’s public schools. Says “Social Network” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, “I think that when someone does that, the only reasonable response is ‘Thank you, sir. Thank you very much.’”

Meanwhile, David Fincher’s film will have its first official academy screening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Saturday, and Tom O’Neil wonders how the movie will play with older academy members.

In a release, The Independent Filmmaker Project announced that director Darren Aronofsky, Hilary Swank, Robert Duvall and Focus Features CEO James Schamus will each be presented with a career Tribute at the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards, scheduled for on Monday, Nov. 29.

In response, Jeff Wells writes that this “sorta kinda sounds like they’ve already decided to give ‘Black Swan’ the top Gotham award for best feature…no? Maybe not. And maybe Duvall hasn’t been selected to win the best actor prize.”

Kris Tapley coners last night’s Disney event, which previewed “Tron,” “Secretariat,” and the animated “Tangled.”

And finally, with 22 weeks left to go, David Poland calls this year’s race “the Oscar season of Really Good.”

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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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