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Oscar Watching: Still Looking for the One?

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar recently screened for select bloggers and critics. Reactions seem to be all over the place, but it could end up being the big spectacle contender – because what else is there, honestly? Guess we’re still looking for “the one to beat,” assuming that we haven’t found it already. But hey, Nolan might finally break through to a nomination for best director, too. As for acting, that’s still up in the air, despite industry love for stars Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, and Matthew McConaughey. Of course, expect Interstellar to take up lots of space in the crafts categories.

Meanwhile, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice gets another centerpiece gala slot – this time at the AFI Fest. Other films slated for the fest include Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night), Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Still Alice, Tommy Lee JonesThe Homesman, and Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner. As previously reported, Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler and opener J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year will have their world premieres at the fest; Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher will close AFI, which runs from Nov. 6 through Nov. 13.

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

Donovan Warren

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.