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Last year when writing up this column the Oscar nominations had not yet been announced. I'm not sure how much of a difference that makes in looking at the numbers and searching for a winner, but I will say with Ben Affleck (Argo) having now won Best Director at the Critics' Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, just imagine the announcement of those Oscar nominees and not hearing Affleck's name now. The bewilderment over his absence before he won back-to-back major awards was nothing compared to what it would be if the Oscars were announced this Thursday instead of last. Last night's two big winners were Argo and Les Miserables, neither of which were necessarily the first that come to mind when talking about Oscar front-runners as after the nominations most of the attention was focused on Lincoln and it's leading 12 nominations followed by Life of Pi and the Weinstein-backed Silver Linings Playbook. »

- Brad Brevet

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