With the Oscar voting deadline a month and a day away …

• Peter Debruge looks at the diverse style of this year's animation contenders. 

• Randee Dawn spotlights the actors who have been playing a long Oscar waiting game.

• Justin Chang looks at 2012: The Year in Hitchock

• Adam Dawtrey notes that the British Independent Film Awards, taking place a week from tonight, have returned to their "funky, alternative roots," and also casts a look ahead toward February's BAFTAs. (Also note these BAFTA rules changes.)

• Sasha Stone researches whether it's unlikely for Tom Hooper or Kathryn Bigelow to win Oscars so soon after their last.

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