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Spike Lee's Michael Jackson documentary surely deserves a bigger screen – and the build-up to Oscars season begins

Will Oscar smile?

Although it's very hard to tell at this stage when I haven't yet seen everything, but I'm feeling awards season may have a lighter hue this year. With impressive early showings at awards such as Gotham and the Indie Spirit, comedies such as Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom and David O Russell's Silver Linings Playbook look set for Oscar nominations. One can also expect plenty of nominations for Tom Hooper's musical Les Misérables and the magical fantasy of Ang Lee's Life of Pi. With Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Ben Affleck's correctenjoyable thriller Argo expectant, it only leaves Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master in the traditional berth of serious, adult-skewed pictures that have traditionally dominated Oscar nominations. Dustin Hoffman's »

- Jason Solomons

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