THE CONTENDERS (2011)

Alright, now THIS hearty list of contenders (rounded up by studio/domestic distributor) will also surely evolve over the course of the season. As new hopefuls spring from the sleeves of studios lying in wait (and again, as you, the readers, send in valuable information), titles and, perhaps, distributors themselves, will be added to the collective. As films open and disappoint, titles will be removed. Remember the lesson in all of this? You got it. Things…change. (Just checking to make sure you’re paying attention.) Again, we’ll try to keep the database up-to-date throughout the year.

Sort contenders by: Category/Studio

20th Century Fox

“Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked”
“Rio”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
“Water for Elephants”
“We Bought a Zoo”
“X-Men: First Class”

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“Beautiful Boy”

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n/a

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“Oranges and Sunshine”

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Columbia Pictures

“Arthur Christmas”
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
“The Ides of March”
“Moneyball”
“The Smurfs”

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“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”
“Drive”
“The Rum Diary”

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First Look Studios

n/a

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Focus Features

“Beginners”
“Hanna”
“Jane Eyre”
“One Day”
“Pariah”
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

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Fox Searchlight Pictures
“The Descendants”
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”
“Shame”
“The Tree of Life”
“Win Win”

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IFC Films

“Certified Copy”
“Cold Weather”

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Lionsgate Films

“Warrior

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Magnolia Pictures

“Melancholia”

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“The Deep Blue Sea”

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n/a

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Oscilloscope Laboratories

“We Need to Talk About Kevin”
“Wuthering Heights”

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Overture Films

n/a

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Paramount Pictures

“The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”
“Captain America: The First Avenger”
“Hugo”
“Kung Fu Panda 2
(DreamWorks)
“Like Crazy”
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
“Puss in Boots” (DreamWorks)
“Rango”
“Super 8

“Thor”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“Young Adult”

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“Immortals”
“Machine Gun Preacher”

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Roadside Attractions

“Albert Nobbs” (with Liddell Entertainment)

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“The Whistleblower”

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Sony Pictures Classics

“Carnage
“A Dangerous Method”
“Midnight in Paris”

“The Skin I Live In”
“Take Shelter”

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Summit Entertainment

“A Better Life”
“Source Code”

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Universal Pictures

“Bridesmaids”
“The Change-Up”
“Cowboys & Aliens”
“Fast Five”
“Hop”
“Larry Crowne”

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Walt Disney Pictures

“Cars 2”
“Gnomeo & Juliet”
“The Help”
“Mars Needs Moms”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
“War Horse” (Touchstone)
“Winnie the Pooh”

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Warner Bros. Pictures

“Contagion”
“Crazy, Stupid, Love”
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
“Green Lantern”
“Happy Feet 2

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”
“J. Edgar”
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”

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The Weinstein Company

“The Artist”
“Coriolanus

“Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil”
“The Iron Lady”
“My Week with Marilyn”
“W.E.”

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NO CURRENT U.S. DISTRIBUTION

“The Eye of the Storm”
“Killer Joe”
“The Lady”
“Maladies”
“On the Road”
“Peace, Love & Misunderstanding”
“Rampart”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Take This Waltz”
“360”
“Winnie”

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Did we miss anything?