My final predictions for the lineup at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival, which won’t be revealed until Thursday (or will it be Wednesday?), are the same that everyone else is kicking around: Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis, J.C. Chandor‘s All Is Lost, Alfonso Curaron‘s Gravity, Alexander Payne‘s Nebraska, Ralph FiennesThe Invisible Woman, Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years A Slave, Abdellatif Kechiche‘s Blue Is The Warmest Color, Jason Reitman‘s Labor Day…what else?

The Telluride departure countdown (40 hours to go) is intensified by the fact that I’m still in Santa Barbara as we speak. I won’t be back in LA until the early afternoon. I’m starting to grind away at the enamel on my teeth.

I’m presuming that Paul Greengrass‘s Captain Phillips is exclusive to the N.Y. Film Festival, but you know what would be cool? John Lee Hancock‘s Saving Mr. Banks. Or would that be too Disney-ish (a film about the script battles over Mary Poppins) for Telluride? The snoot factor doesn’t always factor in (Telluride showed the FDR-getting-a-handjob Bill Murray film last year) but it’s always part of the mix.

I’m leaving for Telluride from Burbank Airport at the crack of dawn on Wednesday morning, or roughly 40 hours from now. For the last time I’m offering transportation from Durango Airport to Telluride in exchange for gas money as long as you’ve arrived in Durango by, say, 12 noon or 1 pm.