You can find links to my reviews of some of the Oscar contenders here. These include "The Descendants," "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," "The Help," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "The Iron Lady," "Tree of Life" and "The Ides of March."
There are some other contenders I have dealt with in video columns. "Midnight in Paris" is here. There's a brief note about "Margin Call" here. Some notes about "Rango" are here. I expect to add some more posts as we go through Oscar season, and to post about films I have not seen as I get to them.