To me, the film that has come out of the last few weeks looking most like a contender is one that nobody in the Oscarverse is talking about. If I told you that a movie made by an Academy Award-winning director starring eight previous acting nominees (four of them winners) opened in first place at the box office and received extremely positive reviews, you’d be thinking it’s in the mix, right? So why aren’t more people — okay, why isn’t anyone — high on the awards chances of Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion?
Holy shit, y’all, I love it when we get to start arguing about Oscar races and chances. Grantland has an incredible piece on why Contagion shouldn’t be forgotten in the prognostication that overtakes Hollywood around this time each year. For the record, I also love Mark Harris’s reading of the actresses from The Help and their ultimate chances regarding Oscar recognition come next year.