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Well-timed parallels to Obama's election campaign could help bring Steven Spielberg the same success as Schindler's List

There's no mistaking it: the film industry awards season has moved into high gear this week. Wednesday and Thursday saw, in rapid succession, the announcement of nominations for the Baftas and the Oscars, and Sunday sees actual statuettes being dished out in the first major awards ceremony: the Golden Globes. With prizes having been handed out since well before Christmas by organisations large and small – from the Boston Society of Film Critics to the People's Choice awards – the buzz of background noise has been getting ever louder: but all eyes are focused on the big payoff, the Academy Award ceremony in the last week of February.

The Oscars have retained their pre-eminent status through simple cause-and-effect: in recent years, nominated films have added an average of $20m to their box office in the »

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