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Oscar Awards Race: Brad Pitt, Aaron Sorkin And Moneyball Honored With New York Film Critics Circle Awards

Moneyball, the story of how Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics revolutionized the way baseball was looked at by those in the front offices all across the league, was a fan-favorite at the box offices. As for the movie critics across the country, many of them enjoyed it and created Oscar buzz for the flick.

As the 2011-2012 award shows start to roll around, 'Moneyball' already won big at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin took home the award for Best Screenplay, while Brad Pitt, the star of the film, won Best Actor for his portrayal of Billy Beane. This is a great honor for the film and it can only mean good things moving forward with the Oscars and Golden Globes on their way.

Overall, taking the eight corresponding categories between the two entities for the last five years, the chances of one of the winners taking home an Oscar are 48 percent. Not bad! But, as stated, the category is a huge key.

Put it this way: Brad Pitt better start practicing his acceptance speech! Over the last five years, the winner for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress has won four out of five times.

For those of you who have not seen Moneyball, do yourself a favor and find it at your local theater this weekend. You won't regret it.

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