As evidenced by the first rounds of critics group awards and announcements of both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, we are in the thick of awards season. I’ve been following the race closely these past few months and taking a closer look at specific categories like Best Picture, Best Actress, and most recently Best Supporting Actor over the past few weeks in regular Oscar Beat columns, but now feels like an opportune time to take a breath and consider what the awards thus far say about the race ahead. Does Unbroken’s snub signal a surprisingly light Oscar presence? Will Boyhood enjoy a near clean sweep of the critics groups? Is Jennifer Aniston on her way to an Oscar nomination? Read on after the jump.