Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman gives "Lincoln" an "A": "'Lincoln' brilliantly dramatizes the delicacy of politics, along with the raw brutality of it. All that's pushing the amendment forward is Abe Lincoln's will, his ability to do anything — even flirt with impeachable deceptions — to fulfill his vision of justice. And that's why he spends the movie alone in spirit. When he bangs his hand on the table, roaring at his lobbyists to procure him the votes he needs because he's 'clothed in immense power,' we're seeing the birth of the presidency as we know it — a force that can shape the consciousness of the world. 'Lincoln' is a stirring paradox, a dream of history as it might truly have happened." EW.COM
Kris Tapley thinks Disney's "Paperman" could be the potential frontrunner for Best Animated Short: "The truth is something on the fringe is likely to win the Best Animated Short Oscar this year. 'The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore' over 'La Luna,' 'The Lost Thing' over 'Day & Night,' 'Logorama' over 'A Matter of Loaf and Death,' 'The Danish Poet' over 'The Little Matchgirl' -- it happens. A lot. That having been said, Disney's 'Paperman,' a delicate little love story that's greeting viewers of "Wreck-It Ralph" this weekend, is generating plenty of love and goodwill." IN CONTENTION
Alicia Keys on the unusual place she keeps her Grammys: "Alicia Keys keeps her Grammy Awards in a box because she can't think what to do with them. The 31-year-old singer has picked up 14 of the prestigious gongs throughout her career, but is still unsure where to put them as nowhere in her house seems quite right. She said: 'I just haven't found the place for them, I guess. Like, they can't be in a bathroom, that's just wrong. They can't be in the main living area, because that's way too self-serving - like, relax. I'm proud of them, don't get me wrong. I just feel weird about hanging them. Maybe I can hang them on top of somewhere that you can't quite see, but gets dusted once in a while.'" CTV
Pete Hammond explains why early-season festivals are so important to Oscar campaigns: "Awards season is turning into a year-’round affair when it comes to the festival circuit. Though film festivals haven’t always had a strong impact on the Oscar race, this year in particular demonstrates that awards positioning is starting much earlier—so early, in fact, that some of the jockeying for the 2013 Academy Awards started even before the red carpet unfurled for the 2012 ceremony ... For instance, Robert Redford’s winter gathering, Sundance, produced a robust selection of films that have turned into Oscar fare, including the high-stakes finance drama 'Arbitrage' starring Richard Gere." DEADLINE
"Delhi Safari" director talks about being in the running for an Oscar nomination: "The English version of Nikhil Advani's 'Delhi Safari' features among the top 21 animation films competing for nomination at the next season of Oscars. The film is among those submitted for the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards. If selected, it will win an official nomination at the Oscar ceremony. Says Advani, 'It's a matter of prestige to be in the company of films like "Ice Age 4: Continental Drift" and "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted." I'm happy for my entire crew who has worked hard for over six years on this film.' With the film receiving positive reviews and being credited as Official Selection at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France, Advani is hoping for the film to power through the Oscar nomination, too." TIMES OF INDIA
USA cancels "Political Animals": "The Greg Berlanti-created limited series, which was originally slated for a six-episode run with the possibility of more should ratings demand them, starred Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish, the recently divorced Secretary of State and former First Lady. Despite obvious ambitions, parallels to the Clintons and an impressive cast that also included Carla Gugino, Ciaran Hinds, Ellen Burstyn and Adrian Pasdar, the soapier-than-expected show netted only lackluster ratings, averaging 3.2 million viewers over its run." INDIEWIRE
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