Will the actors and filmmakers from your favorite movie be making room on their mantels this award season? Or watching the Oscars from afar? Oscar 8-Ball knows all. Throughout the coming months, Gold Standard columnist Glenn Whipp will assess the chances of every film in contention. Maybe that includes "Ted." Probably it doesn’t. Only the magic Oscar 8-Ball knows.
We start by rounding up the early comers, beginning with Wes Anderson's beguiling storybook tale, "Moonrise Kingdom."
Focus Features has a busy fall on its hands with four strong best picture contenders. "Anna Karenina" and "Hyde Park on Hudson" premiere next month at Toronto, with Gus Van Sant's issue drama "Promised Land" arriving in December. Will they be good movies? Given the filmmakers -- Joe Wright, Roger Michell and Van Sant -- that seems a pretty safe bet. Will they be transcendent works of art? We'll get back to you on that.
But Focus has already released one film that bears the stamp of greatness -- "Moonrise Kingdom." Wes Anderson's rapturous young-romance/adventure tale will soon become the year's highest-grossing indie film. Can that commercial success translate to favor with academy voters? We give the 8-Ball three shakes to see:
You may rely on it: Anderson has two Oscar nominations for his distinctive body of work. He and Owen Wilson shared a screenplay nod for 2001's dysfunctional family saga "The Royal Tenenbaums" and, eight years later, Anderson returned to the nominees circle for directing the stop-motion animated feature “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” It's a meager inventory, one that voters would do well to beef up, giving Anderson and "Moonrise" co-writer Roman Coppola a well-deserved original screenplay nomination.