25 November 2012 10:03 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Two of the most highly anticipated potential fixtures in this year's Oscar race made their debuts this weekend, and the reaction was extremely positive. Further complicating an awards race that already has seemingly surefire contenders in Ben Affleck's "Argo," Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (all four of which were in the box office top ten this weekend), early reaction from the screenings of both Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" and Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" (collectively and notably directed by two of the last three best director Oscar winners) suggest there's now six films most definitely in the best picture race, with a trio of others -- Michael Haneke's "Amour," Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" -- waiting in the »

- Peter Knegt

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