Susan Sarandon and Richard Gere in "Arbitrage"
This film image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Quvenzhane Wallis portraying Hushpuppy, left, and Dwight Henry as Wink in a scene from "Beasts of the Southern Wild." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Pictures, Jess Pinkham)
Denzel Washington is Whip Whitaker in "Flight" from Paramount Pictures.
Newcomer Suraj Sharma takes the title role in director Ang Lee’s "Life of Pi." | TM and © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
This undated publicity photo released by DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox shows Daniel Day-Lewis, center rear, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film "Lincoln." (AP Photo/DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, David James)
A funny thing happened on the way to the Oscars. Not to the Oscars. To me. From where it stands right now, I haven’t seen and will not be able to see a few films that are widely considered as leading best picture contenders, including …