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It's Awards Season

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Cassam Looch

Reporter: Cassam Looch

You're probably reading this in the middle of the of the traditional awards season. 

The Golden Globes have been and gone, with little surprise, the Oscars and BAFTA's are upon us and there are a slew of other ceremonies to keep an eye out for.

Basically this is the year of The Artist. It's momentum has built since Cannes last year, and by the time we saw it at The London Film Festival the hype was deafening. Ironic for a silent film.

Elsewhere George Clooney has been storming many lists with his performance in The Descendants. He's front-runner for Best Actor, although our outside bet is Brad Pitt for Moneyball.

The Help is doing well. Of all the main contenders it is easily the most commercially successful and the strong female ensemble have picked up several nominations and a handful of wins along the way. Have some celebratory chocolate pie to celebrate ladies... actually, maybe not.

The Producers Guild of America managed to pull off one welcome surprise by giving Best Documentary to Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. We're yet to see this film, but hopefully this win will give it greater exposure in the UK.

The omissions have been just as notable as the eventual winners. There appears to be little love for the brutal but brilliant Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive, and Warrior has been similarly overlooked in the main categories. A bigger surprise is the snub for We Need To Talk About Kevin, Tilda Swinton wipes the floor with Meryl Streep's OTT Margaret Thatcher turn in The Iron Lady.

Shame has fared badly stateside, but the Brits seem to be redressing that balance. Big wins at The Critics Circle awards and a number of nominations at the BAFTA's are great reward for the uncompromising study of sex addiction that Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender offer up.

Amazingly we might still get The Muppets at the Oscars! When Eddie Murphy walked out as host last year, the puppets were favourites to get the gig, well amongst fans at least, but it went to Billy Crystal (yawn) in the end. Never mind though, the best song category is there for the taking.