POLL: What do you make of “Gran Torino”‘s Oscar prospects?

Posted by · 9:59 am · October 14th, 2008

Sorry we let the sidebar poll go stale.  But it was a nice round-up of opinion.  After two weeks, 28% of our readers think “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is the frontrunner heading into the fall months, with “Milk” nipping at its heels.  But it’s time for a new query, no?

I thought about using the question in the post below as fodder for this week’s poll, regarding Heath Ledger’s likelihood of a nomination in the lead category for “The Dark Knight.”  But I thought I would take an element from that post and concentrate on it here: the mysterious “Gran Torino.”

Clint Eastwood’s film has been way back on the back burner for many prognosticators who aren’t able to let him pull a fast one and catch them off guard once again.  We’ve reviewed the screenplay here at In Contention and some scattered reports have circulated about the on-the-set particulars of the production, but for the most part, we’re in the dark.  Lots of potential, but nothing tangible to chew on.

So I leave it to a vague poll: what do you think of the film’s Oscar prospects, given what little we have to go on?  I’ve narrowed it to four equally vague answers, and for that I apologize, but I thought I’d get a read on what you all were thinking on this lurking awards hopeful.  Tell us in the sidebar poll!




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4 responses so far

  • 1 10-14-2008 at 12:25 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    It’s Clint. No more is to be said there.

  • 2 10-14-2008 at 5:43 pm

    Aaron said...

    I truthfully know nothing about this movie, other than it’s Clint Eastwood and he is arguably the most Academy-friendly actor/director working today. If this film is remotely loved than I would say it has an excellent shot at a Best Actor nomination and possibly even Picture/Director. Clint could even win the Actor award for recognition of his illustrious career.

  • 3 10-15-2008 at 5:33 am

    John Foote said...

    During the research for my upcoming book on Eastwood, I found the man is beloved, with very few enemies — you always encounter something, and though the most obvious would be Sondra Locke, that does not play into his work as an artist — a gifted and strong director, and a fine actor who has grown into a great actor in his old age — I take both films Changeling and Grean Torino very seriously — Eastwod could very well end up nominated as best director for one film, and best actor for another —