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The Oscar statue in the Grand Ballroom at the 83rd Academy Awards Governors Ball preview on Feb. 9, 2011 in Beverly Hills.
Just when you thought all the campaigning was over here comes The Oscars. The awards nominations won't be announced until January 10, 2013, and the statues won't be handed out until February 24, but voting for nominees begins next month and the star-making machinery is shifting into high gear.
Here with a look at the first wave of awards activity is John Horn, who writes about the business of Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times.