Which Sundance film gets the token Oscar nomination?

Every year, it seems that there is a film that plays at the Sundance Film Festival and gets an Oscar nomination for best picture? What will this year’s film be?

There are a few possibilities that I can see.

Fruitvale Station won both the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic films. However, the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting went to both Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley for The Spectacular Now. It seems like there will be a competition between those two for one of the 5 to 10 slots at the Oscars ceremony in 2014.

The Way, Way Back premiered at Sundance and if any comedy gets nominated, I expect it to be that film from Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. I also expect Fox Searchlight to run a FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION campaign for Sam Rockwell in the category of Best Supporting Actor.

Before Midnight, the third film in that franchise, could see a nomination but it’s a matter of how fresh it is in the Academy’s mind at this point.

A lot can happen between now and the end of the year. A heavily hyped film could easily bomb with critics and at the box office. It’s happened with tentpole films and very much so with Oscar voters, too.

Tags: Before Midnight Entertainment Fruitvale Station Miles Teller Movies Oscars Oscars Sam Rockwell Shailene Woodley Sundance Film Festival The Spectacular Now The Way Way Back

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