Is it possible that two films that premiered at Sundance can make it as Best Picture nominees? With 10 in the category this year, it is more likely than ever that Indie films will get noticed. The most likely film that emerged from Sundance to go on to Oscar success is Lee Daniels’ Precious, which I gave six reasons why it will get nominated back in May.
There’s another film that’s been gradually gaining steam and has some loud voices championing it – An Education from director Lone Scherfig. The trailer has premiered this week and can be viewed below:
Discussion about the trailer/film after the jump.
Here is the synopsis from IMDb:
Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is a bright young girl on the cusp of her 17th birthday who finds herself in a whirlwind romance with a much older David (Peter Sarsgaard). Prior to meeting David, Jenny was trying to excel in her life by going to a prep school to get into Oxford. Once she sees the lifestyle David can provide, one she never imagined might so easily be hers, she is hooked and thoughts of Oxford go out the window. Then, when things are looking pretty good for Jenny with the dashing (yet a little too smooth) David, the truth hits her like a ton of bricks. Jenny goes from being a bright eyed school girl to a sophisticated young lady and then all the way back to questioning if she really knows who she is at all.
The biggest talk coming out of the film is surrounding young newcomer Carey Mulligan, whose performance looks mature beyond her years, judging by this trailer. There has also been a lot of buzz around Alfred Molina for best supporting actor, who plays the father.
The film has the dramatic elements that make for an Academy favorite. Will have to see how the film fares with the critics when it releases domestically.
An Education will get a limited release in the U.S. on October 9, 2009.
[Source: Awards Daily]