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Awards Season Roundup: “King’s Speech” leads BIFA noms, “127 Hours” prepares to open

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 Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” leads the pack vying for British Independent Film Awards this year, scoring eight nominations including Best Film. The nominations, announced this morning, also include multiple nods for “Four Lions” and “Never Let Me Go.”

Danny Boyle’s tremendous “127 Hours” opens this Friday. CinemaBlend has six minutes of footage ahead of the film’s opening.

The N.Y. Times has a two-minute scene with Boyle commentary.

And the L.A. Times explores the rash of faintings at “127 Hours” screenings.

Jeff Wells manages to give both Rachel McAdams and “Morning Glory” more ink by nitpicking the use of the word “blockbuster” in the N.Y. Times. Not sure what that means about the movie. But I do know that Paramount set up an early screening in my market because they are anxious to show it, and that’s a great sign.

And we’ll end with a little more on McAdams, because we love her. In a N.Y. Times profile, Leah Rozen says “Morning Glory” could do for her what “Pretty Woman” did for Julia Roberts. Wow.

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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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