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This week in Oscar Talk Kris Tapley and I survey the awards terrain following key votes from the LA film critics, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes, which all have different impact but show us where the field is at this moment. We know where the actors are--"The Artist," "The Help," "The Descendants," et al. But SAG and the Academy, while they overlap, are different. Things can change.

We finally get into David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which we debate heatedly as a movie (my review here) but agree is not an Oscar contender in the main categories. Yes, timing and momentum is everything. But who won and lost on that front? "The Artist" opened at Cannes but has yet to peak. "The Descendants" opened at Telluride but seems to be hanging back a tad. What about critics' faves "Hugo" and "The Tree of Life?" Did "War Horse" and "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" break too late?

Here's the podcast.