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Do Golden Globe nominations affect Oscar voting?

by Patt Morrison

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Oscar statues are seen at the Kodak Theatre, which is the site for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

It’s Oscar time again, with nomination ballots sent out earlier this week for the 84th annual Academy Awards to the 5,783 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ballots are due back in mid January, and nominations are set to be announced Jan. 24. The awards will be held Feb. 26, 2012.

With no clear Oscar best picture frontrunner in sight – though the non-commercial Weinstein Company black-and-white silent film “The Artist” has been gaining attention – the race for Oscar is wide open and sure to be full of surprises. The Golden Globe Awards, long considered the more casual, boozy and at times less respected counterpart to the Oscars, have already announced their nominations, including “The Artist,” “The Descendants” and other films. The Golden Globe Awards air Jan. 15.


What films are your Oscar picks? How do movies this season compare to those in past years? Do you prefer the Oscars, the Golden Globes, or both?


Elena Howe, editor of The Envelope, for the LA Times

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