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A preview of the Oscars in 2013 and what it takes to win them

Oscar statues at the Kodak Theatre. There's already buzz about next year's contenders.
Oscar statues at the Kodak Theatre. There's already buzz about next year's contenders.
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While this year's Oscar winners make the rounds and clutch their golden statues, the rest of the industry is already gearing up for next year's contest. Steve Proffitt takes a look at Oscars history and this year's winners to find the winning formula. As it turns out, there's a slew of films already in the making that fit the criteria.

The Academy loves films about real people, think "The Iron Lady," a biopic about Margaret Thatcher. It also loves to bet on past winners, like Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep.

Then there's the timing. Many of the nominations this year were from films released late in the year. "Lincoln," which will be released on Christmas Day, is directed by Steven Speilberg, and stars Daniel Day Lewis. This movie is poised to be a slam dunk at the 2013 Oscars.

Or how about a character from a novel so beloved he almost seems real?

"The Great Gatsby," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is also coming out Christmas Day. Carey Mulligan will play Daisy Buchanan in this $100 million-plus film.

Also competing for audiences Christmas Day is the Weinstein Company's big film, "Django Unchained" (their backing is another tried-and-tested route to Oscar success). Directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Jamie Foxx, the film is the story of a slave turned bounty hunter determined to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

The still untitled thriller from Kathryn Bigelow, who won best director for "The Hurt Locker" in 2008, will likely be up for awards in 2013. The film focuses on the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the raid on his compound that took his life.

There are a couple of other films already generating Oscars buzz, including "Les Miserables," starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Ann Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter, and "The Master," a drama whose all-star cast includes Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Laura Dern.

Start popping the popcorn and placing your bets for the Oscars in 2013.