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GoldDerby.com senior editor Chris Beachum noticed a trend among this year’s awards season favorites as soon as he started compiling his list of the best films of 2012. “We’re seeing a lot of big ensemble movies this year, even more than normal,” he says. “You’ve got massive groups of well-known actors in films like ‘Argo’ and ‘Django Unchained’ and ‘Les Miz,’ which have a lot of well-known people in them. ‘Lincoln’ has probably got more well-known people in it than any movie this year, with a lot of Oscar winners and Emmy winners.” With so many star-studded casts to choose from, Backstage spoke to Leonard Maltin, film critic and author of “Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide”; Christopher Rosen, film critic and editor for Huffington Post Entertainment; Sasha Stone, film critic and editor of AwardsDaily.com; and Beachum to predict the ensembles that will be competing for outstanding »

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