Three tributes (and occasionally an additional "Special Medallion")...who could they be for this year's 40th Telluride Film Festival.
I've been batting this around in my head for a while now and some friends of the blog have given it some serious thought too. So, as a way to organize some thoughts about this, let's look at some of my "Ten Bets" films (and some others as well) to see who some possible Tribute candidates are:
Like Alexander Payne's "Nebraska". You have to believe Bruce Dern is a real Tribute possibility.
"The Invisible Woman"...Ralph Fiennes seems like a possibility.
"Inside Llewyn Davis"...The Coen Brothers...and here's a crazy thought: John Goodman.
"Labor Day"...Kate Winslet (Josh Brolin doesn't feel right).
From other films just below the "Ten Bets"
"12 Years a Slave"...Brad Pitt...if you can fete Clooney...you can fete Pitt. The rest of the cast and Steve McQueen need more on their resumes...but watch for future tributes for Cumberbatch and Fassbender.
"All is Lost"...Redford...seems like a natural choice.
"Philomena"...Judi Dench would also seem to be a very likely candidate.
With this week's surge that "Gravity" is a very real possibility...Sandra Bullock becomes a part of the tribute conversation.
Then there's Roger Ebert. I am a firm believer that the Festival will recognize him this year. My guess is a "Special Medallion"...but it's not a crazy thought that he could be tributed.
Other less likely scenarios:
Julia Roberts if "August: Osage County" makes the lineup.
Ridley Scott with "The Counselor"
Nicole Kidman with "Grace of Monaco" or "The Railway Man"
Matthew McConnaughey with "The Dallas Buyers Club"
Jessica Chastain with "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby"
Philip Seymour Hoffman with "A Most Wanted Man"
Paul Giamatti or Billy Bob Thornton with "Parkland"
So those are my thoughts about the most likely candidates. I have a reader who suggests that there will a third "out of nowhere" selection that non one can see coming...and I'll bet he's absolutely right.
The release came yesterday of new clips from Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" which stars Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt. I'm still holding a dwindling hope for this to make the Telluride lineup.
Here are links to the new clips via The Playlist and Rope of Silicon:
"ENOUGH SAID" TRAILER
Also dropping yesterday was a trailer for the James Gandolfini starring "enough said". There has been a good deal of buzz that this film could very well play Telluride. The film also stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener. Stories linked below from HitFix, FirstShowing and The Playlist:
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