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Awards Season Roundup: Academy squashes earlier-date debate

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.

The Academy says it has no plans to move its annual ceremony to an earlier date by 2012. So much for that great idea.

As for this year’s race, Tom O’Neil predicts the Best Actor category.

While IndieWIRE singles out 10 actors not being discussed that should be in the running.

Harvey Weinstein, responding to the MPAA’s decision to slap “Blue Valentine” with an NC-17, says, “We respect the work of the MPAA and we hope, after having a chance to sit down with them, they will see that our appeal is reasonable.”

Jeff Wells starts beating the drum for Rosamund Pike, who is excellent in “Barney’s Version” and “Made in Dagenham.”

And Anne Thompson raves about Matt Reeves’Let Me In,” praising everything from the performances to the score. But she admits it will not be an Oscar contender.

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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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