CAPTAIN PHILLIPS opened the New York Film Festival on Friday night. Director Paul Greengrass, the Somali actors and Tom Hanks were all in attendance. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is looking more and more like a best picture nominee. With an acting nomination for Hanks. His last Oscar win was 13 years ago for FORREST GUMP.
The New York Film Festival has become more of an influential part of awards season that it used to be. Other Oscar contenders to premiere are, Spike Jonze’s HER and Ben Stiller’s THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY. Movies seen in earlier festivals will also play in NY:
12 YEARS A SLAVE (Current front-runner for Best Picture)
INSIDE LLEWIN DAVIS
ALL IS LOST
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
These movies have all been reviewed by critics and praised by audiences. The festival runs through October 13th.