I’m told that the people in charge of steering Sony Classics’ An Education into awards season and Oscar noms — Best Picture, Carey Mulligan for Best Actress, Nick Hornby for Best Original Screenplay, Alfred Molina for Best Supporting Actor, etc. — are concerned about the film peaking too early. I get that. It should all be turned down for the remainder of July and the entirety of August — for the next six weeks or so.
I’ve also been told, by the way, that a smattering of journalists who’ve seen it are going “okay, not bad but meh.” The snobs, it sounds like. When N.Y. Times critic Manohla Dargis posted her 1.22 summary of Sundance 2009, which came about four days after Lone Scherfig‘s film had its first big showing at the Egyptian, she didn’t even mention it, not even in passing. That seemed indicative to me.