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In terms of sheer numbers, the current lineup of Republican presidential hopefuls has nothing on the dozens of films all vying for attention this awards season. By January, once Oscar nominations are unveiled and the Golden Globes and SAG Awards are handed out, the jostling for attention should be intense, amid sharp elbows flying and inevitable cries of foul play.
That's because, as the season began to take shape during the Venice-Telluride-Toronto rollout, no dominant frontrunner was quick to emerge. With plenty of individual performances earning applause, a few dozen films have moved forward to stake a claim for best picture and other awards. And a number of key films that could upend the competition — Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful 8, David O. Russell's Joy, Alejandro Inarritu's The Revenant — still are waiting in the wings.
Crowding further into the arena are 124 feature documentaries, submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and 81 foreign films, submitted by their respective countries, for Oscar consideration (all of which will be surveyed by THR in future issues). So, it's time to form your fantasy film leagues, get out your scorecards and start making those predictions.
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