Oscar Eye: Survival Stories Compete To Top The Acting Categories
Both Alexander Payne and Spike Jonze are previous Oscar nominees whose films played very, very well at the New York Film Festival in the last week, so I've bumped them up to Still In The Running--- veteran status counts for a lot. There's also J.C. Chandor, who like Jonze is a previous nominee for his screenplay, and who shows surprising directorial chops in All Is Lost. Could he be the upstart newcomer in this category like Benh Zeitlin last year? At the same time, Ron Howard has been bumped to the bottom, since even veterans can't compete if their movies don't get enough attention to put them there.
STILL IN THE RUNNING
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