As we start getting closer and closer to the big day, I can't help but feel that one film stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of general LOVE, and that's Juno.
Oscarbait pics like Atonement have their defenders, to be sure. The darker stuff, like No Country and Bloo, may be a little too dark for the Academy. Sweeney Todd and Charlie Wilson remain unseen. Into the Wild has a lot of love. No one gives a crap for In The Valley of Elah. Does anyone really love Michael Clayton, or just admire it?
But nope, Juno is making people left and right fall IN LOVE with the movie. Nevermind that Diablo Cody seems to be walking away with the Best Original Screenplay Oscar (how can she NOT win?). I'm starting to wonder if Juno has what it takes to go all the way.
We know Fox Searchlight is amazing when it comes to pushing their films. I think Little Miss Sunshine was last year's runner-up to The Departed, and there's no reason to not assume they won't mount a similarly strong campaign for Juno. And besides, in the midst of all the dark and cruel films, how can AMPAS resist a sweet, funny movie with a big heart?