You may have missed it for the racket produced by the majority of movies currently going boom-boom — or, in the case of "The Lone Ranger," bust-bust — at the multiplex. But with the arrival of
And though we're still a long way from sending the tux to the dry cleaners to see what they can do about the stain left from Wolfgang Puck's pork belly dumplings, it's never too early to begin crafting an Oscar campaign.
Several recent best picture nominees —
"Fruitvale" dramatizes the last day in the life of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old ex-con detained and killed by transit policeman on a train platform in Oakland on
"This will not be the last time you guys walk to a podium," Sundance jury member Tom Rothman told "Fruitvale" writer-director
But "Fruitvale" certainly got off to a promising start at the box office, averaging almost $54,000 per screen in limited release, a dazzling number. With its obvious connections to the Trayvon Martin case, the film seems poised to turn into an indie hit, which never hurts when it comes to awards voters.
At the very least, "Fruitvale" and its accomplished lead actor, Michael B. Jordan, seem destined to succeed at the
With its festival pedigree, "Fruitvale" is the highest-profile awards-season contender to debut this year. But it's far from the only one. Discriminating moviegoers have had to do some serious sifting, but the first half of 2013 provided a fair number of films and performances worthy of being remembered come ballot time. Here are six to file away.
Actress: Greta Gerwig,
Adapted screenplay: "Before Midnight." Since the second entry in Richard Linklater's relationship trilogy, 2004's "Before Sunset," received an Oscar nomination for its screenplay, we're guessing a hard sell won't be necessary. But because this series continues to grow richer — and riskier — with each film, perhaps voters could also be persuaded to extend their kindness, recognizing the movie itself and its fantastic leads,
Documentary: "20 Feet From Stardom." This crowd-pleasing tribute to female backup singers has done well critically and, at least for a documentary, commercially. Its stories of artists struggling to stay true to their craft and remain relevant in an industry that puts personality ahead of authenticity should resonate with voters. Recent rule changes that make it easier for popular docs like this to make the final cut also work in its favor. And yes, there's the singing which by itself could carry it to a nomination.