Approaching the end of November we are on our way towards critics' groups, guilds and professional celebrity schmoozers announcing their awards. Each category is likely to have three favorites translating into Oscar locks. Another four or five will compete for the remaining slots. And a couple will find a nod or victory tucked away amongst the regulars in the hopes that someone is paying attention that they are still in the race. The lists of good and even great films and performances each year though extends further than five. It extends further than ten. Though that is often the ceiling of whom you hear about as the road to Oscar takes shape. Therefore in this series of pieces, may I suggest some very worthy alternatives. Not saying they are always better or that they would even make my final ballot, but wouldn't it be nice to see one or more emerge as an underdog or find a mention or two amongst the precursors?