-I put it to you...what do you think at this point will be the five nominees for Best Picture?
May 25, 2009
Did Cannes do anything to clear up the Oscar race?
In a word, no. Projects like Taking Woodstock and Inglorious Basterds, two films that could have moved to the head of the class with raves were met with less than raves (Taking Woodstock seems to light, and people are still fantastically divided over Basterds). A film like Antichrist has chatter on its side, but that doesn't make the film any good, and we all know the Academy hates controversy or original films. Essentially, between Cannes not clearing anything up (The winner of the Palme d'Or, The White Ribbon, might make a play for Foreign Film, but not much else) and recent trailers debuting for things like Woody Allen's Whatever Works, Rob Marshall's Nine, and Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, the race seems about as close to status quo as possible. We also got further evidence that winning the top prize at this festival doesn't do much for you in this corner of the globe...