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Will Daniel Day-Lewis get crowned for his Honest Abe? Will Hushpuppy tame the beasts of the academy? On Point looks at this year’s best work in film and the Oscars.

Oscars signage is seen as preparations are made for the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Oscars signage is seen as preparations are made for the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Oscar, oh Oscar! The awards are Sunday night and what do you know… it’s been a pretty good year for film.

Get through the righteous bloodbath of Django Unchained, and there’s a lot to see. Argo, Lincoln, Amour, Life of Pi. Beasts of the Southern Wild, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook. With some great performances. Daniel Day, Denzel, Joaquin, Quvenzhane. And don’t get us started on Emanuelle Riva. Jessica Chastain. Jennifer Lawrence.

This hour, On Point: the year’s best work in film, and what we’ll see at the Oscars.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Carrie Rickey, film critic at The Philadelphia Inquirer

Paul Dergarabedian, reporter and president of Hollywood.com’s Box Office division. (@PDergarabedian)

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times Interactive: Among the Oscar contenders, a host of connections

Los Angeles Times “Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow, considered virtual locks for their work on their fact-based thrillers “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” were both shut out of the director category, as was “Les Miserables'” Tom Hooper. All three filmmakers had been nominated for Directors Guild awards, usually an excellent predictor of the Oscar category.”

Los Angeles Times “If the movies are a feast or famine business — and they are — we are in the heart of the feast at the moment. Both the studios and the smaller distributors, having hidden away their strongest films like squirrels hoarding especially tasty nuts, release them all in a rush in the last months of the year.”

List of Oscar nominees

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