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“Road to Oscars” online series launches with “Black Swan”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: There are nine days left until the 83rd Annual Academy Awards are held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, and the Academy is ramping up its publicity push to make sure America’s tuning in to see rookie hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

To kick start the countdown, the Academy has launched the “Road to the Oscars” video series, which will take viewers behind the scenes of the films involved in this year’s awards race (and provide insight into the race, itself).

The first segment, hosted by Chris Harrison and featuring by EW.com’s Dave Karger, is up now at http://oscar.go.com, and new segments will be posted daily.

As a reminder, the 10 films nominated for Best Picture this year are:
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“True Grit”
“Winter’s Bone”

Which film will prevail? Tune in one week from Sunday and find out.

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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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