Holiday movie preview: Oscar contenders plentiful in new releases

It's not a guarantee that you'll win an Oscar, but playing people with incredible challenges to overcome certainly doesn't hurt your chances.

Keep that in mind as holiday movie season unfolds, and along with it several movies based on characters with various maladies, problems and shortcomings.

Have so many movies about overcoming adversity ever been squeezed into so short a time period?

Of course, there's a reason. These kinds of performances are Oscar bait.

Ask Dustin Hoffman (autism in

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