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Oscars: “Bridesmaids” breaks into the Best Picture race – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, as the old saying goes. But could the “Bridesmaids” be Oscar contenders this year?

The Oscar pundits over at Gold Derby (of which I am one) certainly believe it’s possible that the ensemble comedy – led by “SNL” standouts Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph – could get into the Best Picture race when nominations are revealed early next year.

As the site points out, nine of the site’s 29 experts have placed “Bridesmaids” in their top 10 for Picture. Adding those votes to an aggregated total puts Paul Feig’s blockbuster in contention … if there are 10 nominees in the category.

And there’s the rub. This year, because of rule changes, no one knows how many films will make the Best Picture cut. We no longer have 10 slots to back-fill, so if the Academy ends up with six or seven nominees in the lead category after voting, a number of films (like “Bridesmaids”) have a chance of being left on the outside of the race, looking in.

The top three vote-getters in the Gold Derby poll for Best Picture remain “The Artist,” “The Descendants” and “War Horse,” with the first two films flip-flopping for the lead over the past month. We’ll continue to update you on major changes to the charts as we head into the final stretch of campaigning before nominations are revealed in January.

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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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