The season is in full swing with the Golden Globes and Critics Choice behind us and BAFTAS and Oscars still to come. The early runaways are Slumdog Millionaire, a good but not fantastic film and The Reader, a good film clawing away at the insides of a mediocre one.
However, it's not worth whinging about leaving the awards contenders to the end of the year or the relative paucity of those films compared with those released earlier, in 2008. The alternatives (we've yet to see how Revolutionary Road, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon and The Wrestler turn out) are: Il y a longtemps que je t'aime, The Wackness, The Dark Knight, WALL·E, Man on Wire, Happy-Go-Lucky and In Bruges. Only the first two have not received awards of some description and every title in this post is really a much of a muchness.