And then there were… 10? 15? 20? More? Major Oscar candidates for next year, that is, as the race for glory is shaping up to be closer and more spectacular than even this year. And boy, did it all go down to the wire back in February.
It would probably take me a solid couple of hours to recap all of the suspected contenders for the 86th Academy Awards, so instead I’ll only mention a few off the top of my head. There’s Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “The Monuments Men”, directed by and starring George Clooney, David O. Russell’s “American Hustle”, “Captain Phillips”, “Her” and now Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher”.
Why “now”? Because unlike the other above mentioned titles, the upcoming drama from the director of “Capote” and “Moneyball” got an official release date just hours ago. That’s December 20, which proves beyond the shadow of a doubt Sony Pictures Classics has a lot of faith in the story of Olympian wrestlers Mark and David Schultz and the coach/paranoid schizophrenic killer of the latter.
And mind you, we’re not talking about an inexperienced distributor when it comes to Oscar marketing, but one that’s promoted the heck out of “Amour” and “Searching for Sugar Man” last year, “A Separation” and “Midnight in Paris” the year before, “Inside Job” in 2010 and so on and so forth.
Sure, “Foxcatcher” is not a foreign film, nor is it a documentary or directed by Woody Allen, but it has a very solid ensemble cast, led by Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave. Remember, mark December 20 in your calendars and flood those cinemas.