It's early December, the Golden Globe nominations are handed out next week and the critics circles from around the country are beginning to list their favorites of the year. Of course, what all of that means is that Oscar season is officially underway! While, like every year, there are some real stand-outs and favorites, the Academy's decision to extend the best picture category to include 10 films has really thrown a wrench into the predicting process. Additionally, it's been a somewhat quiet year filled with quality films, but nothing that's sure to sweep come Oscar time.
The Five: Oscar Wild Cards
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Erik has been one of the Web's leading movie commentators since 2005, having worked as an editor and writer for outlets like Fandango, Movies.com, AOL Moviefone, Cinematical, Flavorwire, SXSW Magazine, Entertainment Today and more. His favorite movie is 'Back to the Future,' and his favorite activity is playing Spider-Man with his two young children. You can follow Erik's adventures on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, @erikdavis.