Other possibilities: Obviously, there is Eastwood’s J. Edgar, and I am particularly interested to see how Jason Reitman’s Young Adult is perceived when it finally shows itself. That’s the one to watch for, I think. Plus, we haven’t yet seen if Cameron Crowe is returning to form with We Bought a Zoo. And never count out The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo…
Browsing: Projection: Oscar
Welcome back from the murky onslaught of press reports from Toronto. The major early-fall festivals are done, concluding with a feverish ten days of big movie inundation at TIFF, which was as full as ever of Oscar hopefuls. And as we emerge from the hysteria…the storyline is less clear than it has been in recent years. There was no consensus favorite coming out of Toronto – nothing resembling last year’s The King’s Speech or 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire. No game-changers of note. Clearly, the “winners,” so to speak, as we move into the post-Toronto phase of the Oscar push, are Alexander Payne’s The Descendants and Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist, neither of which actually debuted in Toronto. The biggest purchase out of Toronto was Sony Classics picking up Steve McQueen’s Shame…also not a Toronto premiere. A couple of movies that played Toronto were released theatrically…and we’ll get to those in a little bit.
After just one quick weekend, Telluride came and went. After 10 ridiculously long days, Venice came and went. And Toronto has come…and once it is gone, we will be in the thick of the Oscar season, all but a handful of the buzziest titles having screened for those People That Matter, and the tone and timbre for the forthcoming months of prognostication will be set.
The horserace is about to begin. In some ways, it has begun already. Awards Season – well, let’s be frank here…Oscar Season – is starting to form whether you realize it or not. With the first three seasons of the year nearly in the books, it’s time to gear up for the big push.