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Could ‘Nightcrawler’ Be the ‘Crash’ of This Season?

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By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Is Nightcrawler the best picture Oscar contender we’re all underestimating?

Earlier this week I caught up with Tom Ortenberg, who was the president of theatrical films at Lionsgate nine years ago when that operation’s Crash, a film about intolerance in the Los Angeles community, shocked the world by beating Brokeback Mountain to win best picture. Today, the 54-year-old runs Open Road Films, which is placing its chips this season on Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut that stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a paparazzo-like creep who documents and sells footage to the local news of accidents that occur throughout L.A.

Ortenberg raised an interesting point with me — albeit one that he obviously has a stake in pushing — which is that Nightcrawler shares an awful lot in common with Crash.

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