It’s only mid-October, but the Oscar race is already in full swing. Most of this year’s top contenders have already premiered at film festivals (only a few potential juggernauts like Les Misérables and Django Unchained remain unseen), and the competition is beginning to come into focus. Who wants to win, and how? Here’s what 2012’s Oscar hopefuls have working for (and against) them.
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1. Meryl Streep has been nominated 17 times.
2. Jennifer Lawrence’s horror movie The House at the End of the Street scored a 12 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — only three points higher than Norbit, the Eddie Murphy fat-suit comedy whose 2007 release during Oscar season is thought to have cost Murphy an Academy Award for Dreamgirls.
3. Robert De Niro’s The Big Wedding is due in April 2013, which means Oscar voters will see its off-putting trailer plenty of times before they turn in their ballots.
4. Zac Efron’s character in The Paperboy is stung by a jellyfish.