Movies are made to be seen. That much is obvious. Sometimes, though, directors and actors have to wait an excruciatingly long time to show their movie to a willing audience – when can be incredibly painful when you know the movie you are sitting on is great.

John Crowley’s immigrant song, Brooklyn, played to raves at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Fox Searchlight bought the beautiful love story for $9 million, and started prepping it for a prestigious Awards run. Then? Nothing. Radio silence. So when I sat down with Brooklyn star Saoirse Ronan ahead of the film’s screening at the Savannah Film Festival, I asked her how hard it is to sit on a movie when a festival audience has let you know that it’s good. She told me:
You actually kind of feel like the reaction isn’t going to be as strong [when people eventually see it]. Because you think… you don’t want to just be a one-hit wonder, you know? And so TIFF [the Toronto International Film Festival] was nerve-racking for us because we wanted to get the same sort of reaction.

By the same token, to get the same reaction, and to have people talking about the film in the way that we did – when I talked to my agent or our producers, and they say to us, ‘OK, we just have to let it simmer down a little bit!’ You are so excited. You just want to dive right in to it, start doing press for it, and talk about it. That’s why this is the first time ever that I’ve loved doing publicity, because I love talking about this movie.

My hunch is that Ronan will continue to talk about Brooklyn for the foreseeable future. Crowley has crafted a tender, bittersweet but universal story of change and adaptation, of living and loving. And Saoirse Ronan leads a heartwarming cast in a film that I think will touch a number of older Academy members, enough to help the movie contend in the major categories.

Here’s where I think the Oscar contenders sit on October 26:
oscar winner prediction
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The Martian
Spotlight
Steve Jobs
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Bridge Of Spies
Brooklyn
Carol
Concussion
Ex Machina
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out
Joy
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Room
Trumbo
The Dark Horses

45 Years
Anomalisa
Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Black Mass
By The Sea
Creed
The Danish Girl
The End Of The Tour
In The Heart of the Sea
Love & Mercy
Sicario
Straight Outta Compton
Suffragette
The Longshots

The 33
Freeheld
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Our Brand Is Crisis
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Truth
The Walk
Youth

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