Eric Anderson‘s Awardswatch pallies have somehow divined (possibly by reaching in and exploring the recesses of their anal cavities) that Todd Haynes‘ Wonderstruck is the hottest Best Picture contender of 2017. The dual-era drama will play in competition later this month at the Cannes Film Festival.
The runner-ups are Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal‘s Detroit (Annapurna, 8.4), Untitled Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers Project (20th Century Fox, 12.22), Joe Wright‘s Darkest Hour (Focus Features, 11.24), Chris Nolan‘s Dunkirk (Warner Bros, 7.21), Andrew Haigh‘s Lean on Pete (A24), Dan Gilroy‘s Inner City, Luca Guadagnino‘s Call Me By Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics, 11.27), Dee Rees‘ Mudbound (Netflix); and Alexander Payne‘s Downsizing (Paramount, 12.22).
Also highlighted are Denis Villenueve‘s Blade Runner 2049 (Warner Bros, 10.6), George Clooney‘s Suburbicon (Paramount, 11.3), Darren Aronofsky‘s mother! (Paramount. 10.13), Richard Linklater‘s Last Flag Flying (Amazon), Martin McDonagh‘s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight, 10.13), The Current War (Weinstein Co, 12.22), Get Out (Universal, 2.24), The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox, 12.25) and Michael Haneke‘s Happy End (Sony Pictures Classics)
HE’s Oscar Balloon projections are more or less in line with Awardswatch’s, save for the inclusion of Lean on Pete. So far I’m not getting the thing about that.
The others include Disobedience (TBD); Destin Daniel Cretton‘s The Glass Castle, Goodbye Christopher Robin (Fox Searchlight, 11.10), Scott Cooper‘s Hostiles w/ Christian Bale; Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer (A24, 11.3), Deniz Gamze Ergüven‘s Kings (A24), The Leisure Seeker (Sony Pictures Classics); Stronger (Lionsgate/Roadside), Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Fashion Project (Focus Features, 12.25), Reginald Hudlin‘s Marshall (Open Road, 10.13) w/ Chadwick Boseman; Garth Davis‘s Mary Magdelene (Weinstein Co., 11.24); Aaron Sorkin‘s Molly’s Game (STX, sometime in the fall); The Mountain Between Us (Fox Searchlight, 10.20), Guillermo del Toro‘s The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight, 12.8); Jason Hall‘s Thank You For Your Service (Universal, 10.27); Stephen Chbosky‘s Wonder (Lionsgate, 11.17).