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Oscars 2012: Handicapping

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Silver Linings Playbook

Based on the novel by Matthew Quick, "Silver Linings" is about a former teacher (Bradley Cooper) who moves in with his mother and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife after a stint in a mental institution. Directed by David O. Russell ("Three Kings," "The Fighter").

Life of Pi

Filmed in 3D, this fantasy adventure film follows Pi (Suraj Sharma), who survives the sinking of a frieghter and finds himself on a lifeboat with various animals. Directed by Ang Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Brokeback Mountain").

Zero Dark Thirty

In her followup to "The Hurt Locker," director Kathryn Bigelow directs a thriller about Seal Team Six and its hunt for and execution of terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden.


A thriller about the rescue of six US diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Ben Affleck directs and stars.

Les Miserables

Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackson) is imprisoned for stealing bread and is on the run from Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe), a pursuit that consumes both men's lives until the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris. Directed by Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech").

Django Unchained

A spaghetti western set in the Old South, in which Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave, sets out across the country to rescue his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from a sadistic plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Directed by Quentin Tarantino.


A period biopic based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," which will focus on the last few months of Lincoln's life. The president is played by Daniel Day-Lewis, and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln is played by Sally Field. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

A six-year-old girl named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) lives with her father Wink (Dwight Henry) in a southern Delta community in this drama, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Benh Zeitlin.


The story of a married couple, both in their eighties, who are challenged when she suffers an attack. Directed by Michael Haneke. Won the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.



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