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Can 'True Detective' Star Michelle Monaghan Land an Oscar Nom for 'Fort Bliss'?

Can 'True Detective' Star Michelle Monaghan Land an Oscar Nom for 'Fort Bliss'?

Michelle Monaghan, one of the most underappreciated actresses working today, has starred in two films — both tiny indies — in which she portrays a character employed in a stereotypically masculine job who is struggling to juggle her work responsibilities with the stereotypically feminine responsibility of raising a young child.

The first, which came out six years ago, was James Mottern's Trucker, and she deserved a best actress Oscar nomination for her work. (Don't take my word for it; the late Roger Ebert wrote at the time, "Her performance clearly deserves an Oscar nomination.") Unfortunately, though, despite the best efforts of the film's tiny distributor, Monterey Media, the film never quite made it onto the radar of the Academy's acting branch.

The second, which was released in New York over the weekend, is Claudia Myers' Fort Bliss, in which Monaghan is equally good — and which even includes a little Trucker homage. It is my hope, as an admirer of Monaghan and someone who recognizes how wide open this year's best actress Oscar category is, that history will not repeat itself. (Disconcertingly, though, this film's distributor, Phase 4 Films, was recently acquired by eOne, which may be more focused on VOD prospects than awards campaigning; it recently sold away the U.S. distribution rights to Cannes prize-winner Maps to the Stars, which it had co-financed.)

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FEINBERG FORECAST: The Race Takes Shape a Week Ahead of the New York Film Festival

FEINBERG FORECAST: The Race Takes Shape a Week Ahead of the New York Film Festival

Every week through the 87th Oscars on Feb. 22, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter's lead 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 (to which the best cinematography, best film editing, best makeup and hairstyling, best original score and best production design categories have been added)...

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Toronto: Al Pacino's 'Manglehorn' Still Lacks U.S. Distributor

Toronto: Al Pacino's 'Manglehorn' Still Lacks U.S. Distributor

One of the most special things about this year's Toronto Film Festival, which wrapped up earlier this week, was seeing Al Pacino in top form in not one but two special presentations screenings.

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Tonys: 'Love Letters,' 'Boyhood' and the Many Ways of Depicting the Passage of Time Through Art

Tonys: 'Love Letters,' 'Boyhood' and the Many Ways of Depicting the Passage of Time Through Art

As much as anything, Gregory Mosher's new Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney's 1988 dramedy Love Letters — which opened Thursday night at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, will be running there through Feb. 15 (see THR's review) and may well contend for Tonys next spring — made me think about the wide variety of ways in which the passage of time can be conveyed through the different art forms.

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Britannia Awards to Honor Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Mike Leigh

Britannia Awards to Honor Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Mike Leigh

The Judge's lead actor Robert Downey, Jr., Foxcatcher's supporting actor Mark Ruffalo, Mr. Turner's writer-director Mike Leigh and two beloved British actresses of different generations, Dame Judi Dench and Emma Watson, will be this year's honorees at BAFTA Los Angeles' 23rd annual Britannia Awards on Oct. 30 at the Beverly Hilton, the organization announced Thursday.

The gala dinner and ceremony, which raises funds for BAFTA-LA's education, preservation and philanthropic efforts, is an early and high-profile stop on the annual awards circuit that fetes Brits and non-Brits alike "who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond."

Comedian Rob Brydon will return as host for the second consecutive year. (The ceremony will air on BBC America on  Nov 2 at 9pm EST.) And BAFTA's Bumble Ward and Deborah Kolar will serve as the event's co-chairs.

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The Best Animated Feature Oscar Race Just Got Even More Crowded

The Best Animated Feature Oscar Race Just Got Even More Crowded

This year's best animated feature Oscar race, which is already jam-packed with as many as 17 eligible contenders — having just 16 automatically triggers an increase in the number of eventual nominees from three to five — is about to get even more crowded. That's because Barrett Esposito's Henry & Me, a simply animated but charming and inspirational children's film that features the vocal talents of Richard Gere and many other big names, including quite a few members of the New York Yankees organization, is in the process of being qualified for Oscar eligibility by its independent distributor, Reveal Animation Studios.

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Austin Film Fest: Writer-Centric Event to Screen Numerous Oscar Hopefuls

Austin Film Fest: Writer-Centric Event to Screen Numerous Oscar Hopefuls

The Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference, which has become one of the many important stops on the awards season circuit over the last few years — particularly for Oscar- and Emmy-contending screenwriters — has announced the lineup for its 21st edition, which will take place in the Texas capital from Oct. 23-30.

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New York Film Fest: Top-Secret Edward Snowden Doc Added to Lineup

New York Film Fest: Top-Secret Edward Snowden Doc Added to Lineup

The New York Film Festival is entering its 52nd year, but never before, in its long and rich history, has it done what it did today: namely, added a film — Laura Poitras' new documentary about Edward Snowden, CITIZENFOUR — to its main slate after the lineup had already been announced.

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'Pride' Angles for Golden Globe Musical-Comedy Categories

'Pride' Angles for Golden Globe Musical-Comedy Categories

On Monday night, most of New York's acting community, on their night off from the boards, could be found in one of two places. Many were attending the American Theatre Wing's annual gala at the Plaza Hotel, where the legendary Angela Lansbury was feted. And the rest, it seemed, could be found at the historic Ziegfeld Theatre, where Stephen Sondheim, Mike Nichols and Scott Rudin — a Big Apple all-star trio, if ever there was one — hosted a special advance screening of Pride, a feel-good dramedy about a little-known slice of U.K. history which CBS Films will release on Sept. 26.

It had its world premiere as the closing night film of the Directors' Fortnight section of the May's Cannes Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, and now joins a relatively thin field of Golden Globe contenders in the musical or comedy categories.

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Shekhar Kapur Will Chair 2014 Capri, Hollywood International Film Fest

Shekhar Kapur Will Chair 2014 Capri, Hollywood International Film Fest

Shekhar Kapur, the Indian filmmaker best known internationally for his two collaborations with Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), will serve as chairman of the 19th Capri, Hollywood — The International Film Festival, the Gulf of Naples-based fest said Monday. This year's edition will run from Dec. 26, 2014, through Jan. 2, 2015.

Advertised as "a bridge between Italian and American cinema," the event occurs two months before its stateside counterpart, Los Angeles, Italia, which occurs the week of the Academy Awards. Since it honors talent at both locations, it has become a noted stop on the Oscar season circuit.

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Feinberg Forecast: The Awards Landscape After Telluride and Toronto, Before New York

Feinberg Forecast: The Awards Landscape After Telluride and Toronto, Before New York

Every week through the 87th Oscars on Feb. 22, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter's lead 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 charts...

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Toronto: 'Imitation Game' Audience Award Win Puts Weinsteins Back in Oscar Season Pole Position

Toronto: 'Imitation Game' Audience Award Win Puts Weinsteins Back in Oscar Season Pole Position

With Sunday afternoon's announcement that The Weinstein Co.'s The Imitation Game has won the Toronto Film Festival's people's choice award, we now have, for the first time this season, a real frontrunner for the best picture Oscar.

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Toronto: Benicio Del Toro Could Catch Voters' Attention for 'Escobar: Paradise Lost'

Toronto: Benicio Del Toro Could Catch Voters' Attention for 'Escobar: Paradise Lost'

In Escobar: Paradise Lost, an intense drama that marks the directorial debut of the Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano, The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson portrays Nick, the character with the most screen time, a young Canadian who meets and marries Maria (Claudia Traisac, now Hutcherson's real-life girlfriend), a young girl in Colombia, where Nick had gone to surf and live with his brother.

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Toronto: 'Food, Inc.' Doc Maker Back in Oscar Contention for 'Merchants of Doubt'

Toronto: 'Food, Inc.' Doc Maker Back in Oscar Contention for 'Merchants of Doubt'

Over his decades in the television and film documentary business, filmmaker Robert Kenner has established himself as a Michael Lewis-like figure, pointing his lens at subjects with which most of us feel we are already familiar, but then showing us that we're not by asking them questions we wouldn't have thought to ask ourselves.

Kenner did this most prominently in his 2009 Oscar-nominated doc Food, Inc., which looks at the shocking shortcuts that multinational corporations take with our food and the impact this has on our health. And he has done it again in his latest doc, Merchants of Doubt, which Sony Classics is currently taking on the fall fest circuit: it premiered at Telluride, played at Toronto (where I caught up with it on Wednesday) and will next be seen in New York.

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