23 November 2012 9:32 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every year, the Hollywood Reporter does a great series throughout awards season called "Anatomy of a Contender." These are basically detailed production stories that get into why a particular film is likely to end up a best picture nominee. (Full disclosure: I did a few when I worked there, on "Up in the Air," "The Descendants" and others.) In its most recent issue, the magazine focused on Michael Haneke's "Amour," which many peg as the rare foreign film that may potentially capture a best picture slot. The director of "The White Ribbon," "Funny Games" and more, Haneke of course is much more a darling of the Cannes set. While his most recent film, "Amour," is a warmer (though no less depressing, ultimately) film than he usually makes, it also features two elderly actors as its protagonists -- a choice that nearly doomed the project before it could get made. »

- Jay A. Fernandez

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