6 December 2013 11:16 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

December is the time for Oscar whiplash. The last of the Academy hopefuls starts to screen, the first of the non-stop ancillary trophies begin to flow, and those who watch the race closely can find their heads spun in all sorts of different directions as momentum in the Best Picture race shifts, often from day to day.

Here is EW’s Prize Fighter analysis of what’s connecting with voters right now in the big races.

In the Best Picture category, Academy rules allow for anywhere from five to ten nominees, depending on how many films are ranked as the No. »

- Anthony Breznican

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