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Chicago – If everything goes as expected, fans of “Lincoln,” “Les Misérables,” and “Zero Dark Thirty” will be very happy on Thursday morning, as those three films will certainly be among the most nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. After that, the certainty ends.

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More so than most years, there’s a sense that things could be a little haphazard this year. How will “Django Unchained” play? What did Academy members think of “The Master”? Can smaller films like “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Moonrise Kingdom” from earlier in the year still be remembered? And what of “Life of Pi,” a film that has divided some audiences but seems to be playing well with voters? Every category has 3-4 locks but the “fun” nominees are going to be the remaining 1-2. Almost nothing would surprise me on Thursday morning. Denis Lavant for “Holy Motors” or »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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