Can “Harry Potter” win a Best Picture Oscar? – Awards Season Roundup

By Sean O’Connell’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race.

Embargoes must not be in place because a fair share of “Harry Potter” reviews hit the Internet this morning following the film’s London premiere. While I’m steering clear of spoilerish reviews, I did find HitFIx’s story interesting, as it breaks down the film’s Oscar chances while hinting that the Academy might hold off until “Part Two” hits in 2011.

Matt Damon touches briefly on “True Grit” while speaking with about

James L. Brooks lost his appeal to the MPAA’s Classification and Rating Appeals Board, so his comedy “How Do You Know” will hit theaters on Dec. 17 with an R rating.

Asking the question that has to be asked: How will “Black Swan” play with older Academy members?

Anthony D’Alessandro links Oscar odds to box office receipts.

Scott Feinberg puts his money down on “The Social Network.”

And finally, AFI Fest announced its winners.

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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, 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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