A LOOK AT BEST PICTURE

Oscar StatueWe have to wait for the Toronto Film Festival and Telluride before we get a clearer picture of the Best Picture race.

The first half of the year has not brought much in the way of BP contenders. The closest we now is BEFORE MIDNIGHT with Julie Delpy as a Best Actress contender and maybe a Best Original Screenplay. THE GREAT GATSBY has fizzled out to so so reviews. It could get some technical nominations, but it is not likely to get a BP nom. MUD was a possibility, but some good reviews don’t seem to be giving it any momentum. I think everyone is waiting for Matthew McConaughey  in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. Where he has a shot for Best Actor. THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES also failed to gain an audience.

The films with the most potential sight unseen are:

AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

MONUMENTS MEN

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

FRUITVALE STATION

THE BUTLER

BLUE JASMINE

AMERICAN HUSTLE

NEBRASKA

GRACE OF MONACO

THE COUNSELOR

DIANA

THE PAST

MANDELA: THE LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

Most of these movies will come and go. Other dark horses will come out of nowhere and will push other aside. But it’s never to early to start the Oscar conversation.

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