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Oscars: Will LAFCA go with “The Descendants,” as predicted? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The Oscar race expects to narrow (slightly) over the next few days, with new critics’ groups weighing in on their selections for year-end bests, and the HFPA expected to reveal its Golden Globe nominations on Thursday. Let’s do a quick run through the stories of the weekend, so far:

– The Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (of which I am a member) votes on their annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards this weekend. Ballots are due back on Sunday. Nominees will be revealed shortly after. Stay tuned.

– The Los Angeles Film Critics’ Association [ LAFCA] votes Sunday. Glenn Whipp guesses Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” will triumph.

– Oscar blogger Jeff Wells thinks Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” could upset “War Horse” in the battle to beat “The Artist” in the Oscar race. I tend to agree.

– Fifteen films will compete for the Visual Effects Oscar, and they are

– And finally, will there be an Oscar statues to hand out next year?

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– The cast of “The Artist.”
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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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