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Ten Potential Oscar Contenders That Will Premiere by the End of the Year

5 hours ago

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen Oscar contenders premiere at Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Telluride, Toronto and New York, but as we approach the end of October, some films have yet to make their debut. Here are ten films that have been garnering Oscar buzz that will be debuting through December (in alphabetical order):

A Most Violent Year; Nov. 6

Jc Chandor ‘s third feature film will be opening AFI Fest. It reunites two Juilliard alumni, Oscar Isaac and two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, as a couple living and working in New York City during one of its most violent years. This will be the main Oscar focus of upstart, indie distributor A24.

American Sniper; Dec. 25

Bradley Cooper stars as Navy Seal Chris Kyle in the shocking, true story of the deadliest American sniper. The Clint Eastwood-directed film is being released later in the year, »

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Santa Barbara Film Fest: ‘Birdman’ Star Michael Keaton Tapped as Modern Master

11 hours ago

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Michael Keaton, the star of last weekend’s art house hit Birdman, will receive the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest announced on Tuesday. The 63-year-old, who in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s film plays a character who was once a movie star but now hopes to be seen as a serious actor, will be honored Jan. 31 at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre as part of the festival’s 30th edition, which runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 7.

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Edgier Films Do Well in Best Original Screenplay Category at the Oscars

20 October 2014 12:36 PM, PDT

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Justin Simien’s feature debut Dear White People is a satirical comedy that deals with intra- and inter-race relations at a fictional Ivy League university after a group of white students throw a “black-themed” party. The film — which has been critically acclaimed and holds a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes — opened this weekend in limited release, receiving an average of $31,273 from 11 theaters. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at the festival. Simien, who wrote and directed the film, used to work on studio publicity and is now getting his own Oscar campaign from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, the distributors for Dear White People. The film covers social issues that people often choose not to acknowledge and does so in a smart, humorous way. Though these types of films may cover topics the Academy is often wary of, »

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Feinberg Forecast: The Oscar Landscape Post-Hamptons, Pre-afi

20 October 2014 7:21 AM, PDT

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Every week through the 87th Oscars on Feb. 22, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter‘s awards analyst Scott Feinberg will post an updated “Feinberg Forecast,” wherein he presents a summary of major developments since the last update that helped to shape his current opinions and then lists his revised projections. For more about Feinberg and how he arrives at his projections, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Factoring into this week’s Feinberg Forecast …

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