AWARDS CIRCUIT'S FIRST PREDIX FOR OSCAR 2020
Clayton Davis is all over it as he and his website, Awards Circuit, are already up with, what I believe is, the first serious pass at predicting Oscar nominees for Best Picture for next year.
Davis has a really good record of sniffing out Oscar potential this early and as such, gives us some hints about films that might have the pedigree necessary to be considered as possible TFF #46 selections.
Davis runs down a fairly substantial list of films and ends the article with a "pre-season" top ten of possible Best Picture nominees. Without giving away the entire list of ten films, here are those included that, at first blush, feel like they have the most Telluride prospects:
Marielle Heller's Mr. Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
John Crowley's The Goldfinch based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book starring Nicole Kidman.
Kasi Lemmon's Harriet based on the life of Underground Railroad pioneer Harriet Tubman starring Cynthia Erivo.
And...just because I think Netflix might try to follow the path they used with Roma, Martin Scorsese's The Irishman (see below). The story of a mob hitman who may have killed Jimmy Hoffa. For Scorsese, the old gang came back together as the film stars Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel and Joe Pesci with the addition of Al Pacino.
Among the other films that Davis discusses that didn't make it to his initial top ten list are these which also seem to make some sense for TFF:
Greta Gerwig's Little Women
Joe Wright's The Woman in the Window
Hirokazu Koreeda's The Truth
Scott Cooper's Antlers
Bill Condon's The Good Liar
Additionally, Davis makes predictions for each of the other 23 categories.
The entire article is linked here.
A TEASE FOR THE IRISHMAN
Perhaps this is Martin Scorsese' Great White Whale. It's reportedly in post-production and there are rumors that it could well be headed to Cannes (if Cannes and Netflix can reach some sort of arrangement) or maybe Venice.
As I mentioned above, I think we have to at least consider the chance that the film makes its way to Telluride so I'll continue to keep an eye on it.
Consequently, if you didn't notice earlier this week, The Irishman and Netflix dropped a teaser. Here it is via YouTube:
I also linked some of the coverage the came out with the teaser's release from:
INARRITU TO PRESIDE OVER CANNES
Speaking of Cannes...the prestigious film festival announced this week that four time Oscar winning director/writer Alejandro Inarritu will preside over this year's Palme d'Or jury. Inarritu has, over the years, been a staple of the Cannes' lineup in various sections and with multiple films.
Inarritu has also been a frequent presence at Telluride both in the capacity as presenting one of his own films but also as a fan and supporter of his fellow amigos Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron.
Inarritu was first represented at Cannes in 2000 with his first feature Amores Perros.
Here's Variety's story about the announcement.
TRIAL BY FIRE IS ACQUIRED
Roadside Attractions has acquired TFF #45 entrant Trial by Fire from director Ed Zwick. The film stars Laura Dern and Jack O'Connell and is based on an article from author David Grann. Trial by Fire was one of two films at last year's fest that was based on material written by Grann. The other was David Lowery's The Old Man and the Gun starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek.
Coverage of the acquisition and plans to release the film this spring are addressed in the following:
The Hollywood Reporter
That's today's MTFB. I'll another go at this on Monday.
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