The pre-Toronto/Telluride/Venice/New York Film Festivals Oscar predictions are now complete including the visual and sound technical categories. Check those out here and feel free to let me know your thoughts.
Every year I come up with a formula that determines the most important movies to see in a given year based on my Oscar predictions. Each movie is given a score based on points earned in each category. A movie earns 5 points for being a front runner in the “Big 8” categories, 3 points for being an alternate in the “Big 8”, 3 points for being a front runner in any other category, 1 point for being an alternate in any other category. Based on that formula I have come up with 49 movies that are likely to receive some sort of attention from the Academy Awards.
Leading the way is the summer hit Inception which not only is a strong contender for Best Picture and Director, but is also likely to sweep many of the technical awards. Right on its tail is Peter Weir’s The Way Back, which is my early pick to win Best Picture. 14 of the 49 films have been released theatrically in the U.S. already this year: Inception, The Kids Are All Right, Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland, Winter’s Bone, Get Low, Iron Man 2, Despicable Me, How to Train Your Dragon, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Micmacs, Restrepo, The Wolf Man, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Of those films I have seen 9. How many have you seen?
Launch the list and keep score as more films continue to get released!
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