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By Joey Magidson

Film Contributor

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The road to the Academy Awards is a funny one. Sometimes it’s a straight path filled with expected winners, while other times it can be full of twists and turns. The latter doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, it adds a welcome bit of uncertainty to the job of Oscar prognostication. This year’s precursor season was one of the most unpredictable in recent history. There was no film in the pole position for Best Picture … at least, until now.

I recently cautioned readers to not necessarily anoint a frontrunner in the Oscar race before the Guilds began throwing their weight around. Ben Affleck’s film Argo was certainly in a nice position, but critics groups don’t have a say with the Academy. Guilds do, and now they’ve spoken. You never want to prematurely declare a frontrunner, but when the time is right, »

- Joey Magidson

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