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Oscar Watching: TOP FIVE for Top Awards?

Chris Rock’s Top Five seemed to be more of a commercial prospect when distributors were fighting for get U.S. rights at the Toronto International Film Festival. However, winning bidder Paramount might also have Oscar on the mind: Five hits select locations on Dec. 5 and theaters nationwide the following weekend. Indeed, some have compared the film to Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, which won best picture, best director, best actress (Diane Keaton), and best original screenplay (Allen) and picked up an actor nod for Allen in 1977. As Kristopher Tapley of HitFix’s In Contention notes, producer Scott Rudin also has Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice – the latter of which being the centerpiece film at the New York Film Festival – on his slate. However, this tale of two Andersons might not end in Oscar glory: Budapest was an early release; Vice might be too bonkers for voters.

But back to Five: Rock’s original screenplay seems like the best bet at the moment; he could factor into the actor lineup, too, but it’s a bit crowded at the moment. Rosario Dawson and Gabrielle Union might make impressions in the actress and supporting actress categories, respectively. As for best picture, we’ll have to wait and see, but if it lives up to its box-office potential, it could very well happen.

In other news, David Fincher’s Gone Girl screened for some of the major critics ahead of kicking off NYFF. Leads Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike – whose performance strikes some as Hitchcock-ready – earned the bulk of the praise. Supporting players Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry picked up some strong ink, too, but none stands out as a favorite for awards kudos (yet). Awards-wise, Gone looks likely to surpass Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but fall short of The Social Network.

Remember, I’m only predicting films set for U.S. distribution for nominations, but my overall lists still include films that might lack U.S. distribution at the moment. And in the name of shameless self-promo, you can check out more detailed Oscar musings over at my blog, Awards and Such. Keep in mind that my predictions there and on Screen Invasion might differ, given that I will update both at different times – I’ll update my Screen Invasion picks once a week; I’ll most likely update my blog picks at different intervals.

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Donovan Warren

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Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.