I saw Beginners the other day. It was really good, and Christopher Plummer was great in it. It wasn't exceptional for him; it just showed that if you give him a quality part, he will nail it. He's a worker. He'll keep appearing in movies like Priest so he can make a Beginners. Nevertheless, he has to be the favorite right now to win Best Supporting Actor.
Most of the award-buzzed movies either haven't come out yet, or if they have, it's only on a limited basis. I want to catch George Clooney in The Descendants as soon as I can, because I get the feeling it may not stick around long. I'm looking forward to The Artist, The Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, etc., opening at a theater near me. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and War Horse are the other big award-bait ones coming. I hear Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close will be in the mix, but I can't say its trailer appealed to me.
Oh yeah, and Hugo. Still gotta catch Hugo.
I missed Drive and The Ides of March. Hopefully they're at a $1 theater somewhere soon.