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Mid-Year Previews

Midyear Awards Report: Universal (Analysis)

The century-old studio is best known these days for blockbuster franchises but believes "Les Mis" could produce its first best picture Oscar in more than a decade.

Midyear Awards Preview: Columbia/Sony Animation/Screen Gems/TriStar (Analysis)

Sony's labels account for an eclectic batch of contenders, including Meryl Streep's latest showcase, the 23rd Bond film and Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's sure-to-be controversial Osama bin Laden film.

Midyear Awards Report: Sony Pictures Classics (Analysis)

Sony's art house division boasts a slew of indie, doc and foreign contenders, including two that were big hits at Cannes: "Amour" and "Rust & Bone."

Midyear Awards Report: The Weinstein Co. (Analysis)

After the back-to-back picture, director and actor Oscar wins for "The King's Speech" and "The Artist," the awards powerhouse returns with three major contenders from auteurs whose previous films were Academy favorites.

Midyear Awards Report: Paramount/DreamWorks Animation (Analysis)

Paramount will push "Flight," an across-the-board contender, and -- in partnership with DreamWorks Animation -- "Madagascar 3" and "Rise of the Guardians."

Midyear Awards Report: Disney/DreamWorks/Pixar (Analysis)

Disney boasts not only the year's biggest box-office success ("The Avengers") but also top contenders for best picture ("Lincoln") and animated feature ("Brave").

Midyear Awards Report: Focus Features (Analysis)

The Oscar hopes of Universal's specialty division rest on Wes Anderson's summer hit, Bill Murray's FDR, and Joe Wright and Keira Knightley's third collaboration.

Midyear Awards Report: Fox Searchlight (Analysis)

It's still the summer but this indie specialist, famous for creating contenders out of fall festival pickups, is already grooming one in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Midyear Awards Report: Warner Bros. (Analysis)

The only major to distribute a best pic Oscar winner over the past decade bets on Batman's farewell, Ben's direction, Clint's return and two beloved literary classics.