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Even though it came out early in the year--supposedly a no-can-do for awards contention--Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" could very well be a major player in 2014. The specialty box office sensation (almost $52 million domestic at the time of writing, and $140 million worldwide) is in the Top Ten two months after its initial release. It could score Oscar nominations for director, writer, actor, art direction, score, costumes and cinematography, as well as being a popular contender for critics awards come the year's end.  It does happen. Anderson is overdue. He entered the Cannes auteur pantheon with Focus Features' "Moonrise Kingdom," but because he was hanging back in Europe he did not participate on the campaign trail, leaving those duties to Roman Coppola--and did wind up with an original screenplay nomination, which he also got for "The Royal Tenenbaums" in 2002, and was nominated for best animated feature for "The Fantastic Mr. »

- Anne Thompson

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