With Best Supporting Actress still the least defined of this year’s four acting races, Helen Hunt currently seems as likely a frontrunner as anyone for her work in “The Sessions“: partly because she’s excellent in a well-liked film, and partly because, as Jennifer Hudson can attest, it doesn’t hurt to be nominated in supporting for a lead role. Hunt’s trophy trail began yesterday with the announcement that she is to receive the Spotlight Award at January’s Palm Springs International Film Festival. It’s an honor that has previously alighted on Jessica Chastain and Amy Adams en route to an Oscar nod, and while seemingly small, it’s a well-timed opportunity for some California-based exposure and gladhanding as the race heats up. Everything counts. [Thompson on Hollywood]
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As part of a Variety special on the documentary Oscar race, Addie Morfoot wonders how this year’s Academy rule changes in the category will affect the process. [The Vote]
Ruth Jamieson on why, with the “Twilight” films, Hollywood has, for once, been a good boyfriend to the teen female demographic. [The Guardian]
Sasha Stone uses such films as “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Middle of Nowhere” as a jumping-off point for a discussion of the Academy’s relationship to race. [Awards Daily]