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Oscar Watching: J.C. Chandor for AFI

J.C. Chandor’s crime drama A Most Violent Year will kick off the AFI Film Festival on Nov. 6. Oscar Isaac from Inside Llewyn Davis leads Violent with two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain; Albert Brooks and David Oyelowo, who’s sure to score some good ink for Ava DuVernay’s Selma, also feature in the film.

As for how Violent will fare with Oscar, original screenplay might be a good bet – Chandor’s first feature, Margin Call, picked up a bid there in 2011. His follow-up, last year’s All is Lost scored various accolades for its leading (and only) man Robert Redford but nabbed its sole Oscar bid for sound editing. The ever-prolific Chastain could land double nods this year; Violent looks like her best bet in the leading race. Isaac could factor into the actor category, but competition is stiff. Nobody’s chatting up Brooks or Oyelowo just yet, but that could change. And keep in mind, distributor A24 is still quite new, so breaking into the Oscar game might be difficult.

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.