The goodie bag for the Oscar contenders this year is impressive. Hell, it’s worth getting an Oscar nomination just to get one:

This year’s goody bags include a $12,000 trip to Australia, condoms, a $600 acupuncture appointment and a package of 10 personal training sessions valued at $850.  Circus lessons for the nominee’s children worth $400 are also included, as well as a $5,000 face-lift procedure, a $1,800 one-year membership to Heathrow Airport’s private VIP service, a $3,000 stay at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Mexico, and Windex.

David and Goliath narrative reaches its climax in teasers for Oscar:

“Lincoln,” “Argo” in tight race as Oscars roll out red carpet
“Lincoln” goes into Sunday’s three-hour plus ceremony with a leading 12 nominations, including a directing nod for double Oscar winner Steven Spielberg.  But its front-runner Best Picture status has been dented by the six-week victory streak enjoyed at other Hollywood awards by Ben Affleck’s “Argo.”

Django wants you to want violence — disturbs this Colorado writer:

So, too, do I go to malls, to churches, to public gatherings where political figures speak — all places where someone has inflicted violence. What were those thugs feeling when they let loose? At the moment of their massacres, were they also fueled by anger, powerlessness, a need to snuff out what they perceived as evil?

As I watch “Django,” I, too, can think of no other way to escape the chains of my wrath than to see those people dead. Do I actually share something in common with the worst of the worst?

Forbes Magazine – “Oscars 2013 – Please, Anything but Argo“: it basically comes down to the mostly faceless house guests.

Wired MagazineZero Dark Thirty should win the Oscar.  Really? Even after Argo was based on an article from Wired magazine?

First Early Oscar moments.

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