Not much in the way of a full column to offer this week. The big winners out of Toronto obviously begin with "Eastern Promises" (People's Choice award winner), which has some steam built up for mentions in Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay...Best Picture would take a lot of creativity on Focus's part.
ThinkFilm now has a jewel to sell in "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," which could land a notice for Philip Seymour Hoffman's stellar performance. He'll get in his own way with "Charlie Wilson's War" and "The Savages," however.
Lots of love all around for "Juno" is a great sign for Ellen Page and Diablo Cody (I still love that she has a cat named Douchebagger). Perhaps it's enough to go the distance, but Searchlight has a lot to work with on pretty much their entire slate.
A lot of respect came for Sean Penn's "Into the Wild," but being a huge fan of the Jon Krakauer book, I found it extremely lacking - at least as an initial reaction. I hope to see it again before really digging into a review, but it has some troubles in my book. I seem to be pretty much alone in that opinion so far, however.
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age" took the biggest hit. But Universal still has what appears to be their biggest hope, "American Gangster," which begins screening in Los Angeles tomorrow night.
And of course, in a season where no one wants to be the frontrunner, "Atonement" still seems to be the one to beat all around.
Nothing much else in the ether for now, so I'll leave it at that.
Previous Oscar Columns:
09/10/07 - "Notes from the Eye of a Storm"
09/03/07 - "Launching the New Season"
08/03/07 - "August Update"
07/01/07 - "The Silence is Deafening"
02/26/07 - "Forging Ahead: In Contention's Year in Advance Oscar Speculation"