Telluride's over, and the
1. You'd better learn how to spell and pronounce the name
2. The best actor Oscar race is over. (See No. 1.)
Now, the latter assertion might be a bit premature given that many festival reviews and reactions tend to be written these days while people are hyperventilating into brown paper bags. Measured tweets following festival screenings are as rare as a San Diego mayor who doesn't resign from office. Every movie is The Greatest Story Ever Told at the time of its screening. If it didn't just blow your mind (this time), then you probably are either dead or you don't have a Twitter account. (Not that the two are necessarily mutually exclusive these days.)
That said, the key takeaway, at least from an awards-season perspective, from the Telluride screening of Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" can be found in a line in Variety critic Peter Debruge's review.
"The first thing fans of McQueen's 'Hunger' and 'Shame' will notice here is the degree to which the helmer's austere formal technique has evolved," Debruge writes, "to the extent that one would almost swear he'd sneaked off and made three or four films in the interim."
McQueen's "Hunger" and
Academy members will have an abundance of choices for lead actor this year with four black actors alone in the running -- Ejiofor,
The other Telluride movie that made audiences' heads spin was Alfonso Cuaron's harrowing sci-fi survival story "Gravity." (The film also opened the Venice Film Festival.) While we generally like to reserve our petition signing for California ballot measures that will eventually be struck down by the courts rather than protesting what actor will be wearing a rubber superhero suit, we can't help but be a little geeked about this one. Comparing a movie to
But will the academy? Kubrick's landmark 1968 film was nominated for four
Both "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" will screen this week at the