18 February 2013 11:14 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Say what you will about this year.s Oscar race, but the lack of a legitimate frontrunner has injected some mystery into what normally is a forgone conclusion, and that uncertainty in the Best Picture race has led to .one of the most expensive Oscar races ever.. That.s what Oscar columnist Steve Pond of The Wrap claims as he writes of this year.s contest, which concludes on Sunday with the telecast of the Academy Awards. Pond repeats what others have realized . that the absence of Ben Affleck in the Best Director category suggests that Argo is not a lock to win the Best Picture Oscar, leaving the door slightly ajar for other films that think they have a shot at stealing the Bp prize at the end of the evening. At the moment, it seems like Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty and even Life of Pi »

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