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Oscar Links: Gyllenhaal's 'End of Watch' Prep, Affleck Changes 'Argo' Postscript and More Foreign Entries

Plus early pundit predictions

Jake Gyllenhaal in End of WatchJake Gyllenhaal's prep for End of Watch included ride-alongs with police officers, the first of which involved witnessing a murder. [Hit Fix]

Ben Affleck has changed the postscript on Argo to appease Ken Taylor, Canada's former ambassador to Iran, which originally painted the operation as a CIA-led op, but it now reads: "The involvement of the CIA complemented efforts of the Canadian embassy to free the six held in Tehran. To this day the story stands as an enduring model of international co-operation between governments." [The Wrap]

Anne Thompson recently posted her first Oscar predictions here and the Gold Derby crew also recently got underway here. By the looks of the Gold Derby pundits' predictions it's a race between Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Les Miserables for Best Picture. I'm not arguing with the latter two for now, Argo would be the third film I'd add to that mix though.

Speaking of three, Kris Tapley sees The Master, Silver Linings Playbook and Argo as the three films "with the early stranglehold on the 2012-2013 Oscar season." [Hit Fix]

I've added Foreign Language Oscar submissions from Mexico (After Lucia) and Finland (Purge) and the full list is now up to 35 submissions, get it here.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

    Brad, I thought you were going to write your review for End Of Watch. It's one of my most anticipated films of the year. Critics seem to love it but wanted to see your take on it. I love Gyllenhaal, Pena & Kendrick as actors. I like Ayer's work, writing for Training Day. I thought Harsh Times and Street Kings were both underrated.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      I will, please give me a chance.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

    Oh no, take all the time in the world haha. Wasn't rushing you, Brad. You're very busy man so please take your time.

  • Raaphael S

    Brad, what to On The Road with hopes of Award noms... For Oscar or SAG. Not hearing much after TiFF. Died down?

    • Foggy

      It pretty much got the same response from TiFF as it did in Cannes from what I've read.

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    I'm amazed so many have Lincoln so high in early predictions.

    I quite enjoyed Peter Travers where he has MOONRISE + TKDR up there.

  • Jake

    The master is a complete dull mess, it should not be front runner anything. I could not even enjoy Phoenix because he plays such an unlikeable guy. Anyone watch this in Lincoln square-- no way that's 70mm

  • arman

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