TIFF Update #4 – The Oscar Predictions continue

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.I’m so behind! New York Film Festival is already on and I haven’t even updated Toronto yet! So here it goes the last update from Toronto. Which films soared, which fell flat? Any Oscar nominations on their way?

Well, Bryan Cranston might be looking at his first Oscar nomination with Trumbo, a true story about Hollywood screenwriter who was blamed to be a communist in 1940’s. Hollywood loves Hollywood. Cranston plays the title role. Trumbo is at the moment fresh at Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 86% but it looks like the film will be nominated for the best actor and maybe for the best screenplay but shut out at the other categories. What I’ve read it might be too light and entertaining. Helen Mirren in supporting role but apparently plays it over-the-top.

And to the ladies. Sandra Bullock’s Our Brand Is Crisis bowed at TIFF and for a moment it looked like it might be another Sandy-moment there but after couple of days, not so much. Sad RT score of 29%. It’s still said that Bullock is doing fine job even though the rest of the film sucks more or less. No nominations, I predict.

The Lady in the Van is a film based on a play about a woman living in her car that’s parked in one man’s driveway. Sounds weird but I absolutely love the trailer and hope so much that always fantastic Maggie Smith (check Downton Abbey, she’s the best thing in a superb series) will get a nomination for her lead role.

Brooklyn already had its first screening in Sundance back in January but has maintained its popularity among critics until this day. It looks like a big gamer with possible nods to the lead actress (Saoirse Ronan), screenplay (adapted by Nick Hornby from the novel of Colm Tóibín), cinematography, production design and costume design (the safest bet) plus possibly editing and score. And obviously with that many nominations, the best picture as well. I love the trailer, again, it looks so pretty. And Domnhall Gleeson is a good thing too. Check it out:

Cate Blanchett has a problem. She’s apparently great in Truth (RT 78%) and in Carol (96%) that bowed already in Cannes and not at all in Toronto but I think I should bring them both up with Cate’s problem. The thing is that an actress (or actor) can’t be nominated twice in the same category. In Truth Blanchett is for sure playing the main role and what I’ve read, she’s scene stealing, again. There has been talk about putting Blanchett to supporting category for Carol (different distributors, obviously) but she IS playing Carol after all… So, the question is NOT “will she be nominated?” but “which film she will be nominated for?”. I’m betting on Carol because it looks like it will be major contender with possibilities in the best pic, director, actress, supporting actress (it looks like Rooney Mara has this one to lose), screenplay, cinematography, production design, costumes and music (was that 10? I had it 10 times on my prediction list). Oh, possibly editing. Trailer for Carol underneath, here you can check the one for Truth.

What do you think, who and what will be nominated come January? Blanchett at least. New York Film Festival opened on Saturday with The Walk and will be the host for premiere of new Spielberg flick Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks. Sounds like an Oscar, huh?
This week I will be seeing The Martian and The Walk myself and on Sunday I’m off to London and will be seeing Suffragette, Beasts of No Nation and Trumbo when London Film Festival kicks-off on Wednesday 7th of October. I’ll be more wise after couple of weeks.

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