FINAL STRETCH

Oscar ballots are due December 17th. There will be plenty of other award winners announced this week. Some have a history of choosing Oscar winners, but many don’t. The PGA and DGA that used to have a huge influence on Oscar voting will be announced after Oscar ballots are due.  Today we will hear the Los Angeles Film Critics winners. They are a little less conservative and less like the Oscar voters than the New York Film Critics are. They chose ZERO DARK THIRTY last week as Best Film. I could see the LAFCA going for LES MIS or even THE MASTER.

Tuesday is the big one, The Critics Choice Award nominees. This group consists of bloggers and film reviewers with no other agenda than to vote for the best. Or at least that is what I like to think.

The SAG nominations are announced Wednesday by a group of Actors. These nominations will be extremely important if you want an Oscar nomination.

Thursday are the Golden Globes nominations.

After that Academy voters will need to make a decision on what they think was the number 1 movie they saw this year or didn’t see, but vote for it because they saw it win other stuff this week.

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