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Awards Season Roundup: “The Fighter” declared a serious contender

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 Fighter” screened in L.A. last night, and Oscar trackers are weighing in. Awards Daily recaps several opinions, but the consensus seems to be that David O. Russell has a serious contender on his hands, particularly in the acting categories.

Blue Valentine” gets a sexy new poster. It has nothing to do with the movie, and it flat out lies to the audience about what they are going to get. (“A Love Story.” Really?!) But it’s sexy.

Robert De Niro will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association at next year’s Golden Globes. In response, Tom O’Neil wonders why the organization continues to shun women and minorities.

The People’s Choice Awards announced its nominations yesterday. Awards Tracker analyzes who got snubbed.

Jeff Wells sits down with “Biutiful” director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu.

Vanity Fair explains why “The King’s Speech” will win the Oscar for Best Picture.

While Anne Thompson explores the Oscar chances of more mainstream films like “Secretariat” and “Morning Glory,” which opens today.

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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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