Sandler, Pat­tin­son draw awards buzz

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It’s a long way from May in France to Fe­bru­ary in Los Angeles, but the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val has of­ten been a breed­ing ground for Academy Awards cam­paigns.

Stand­ing ova­tions at Cannes, which con­cluded Sun­day, ap­pear likely to lead to awards con­sid­er­a­tion for a num­ber of big stars, in­clud­ing un­likely names like Adam Sandler and Robert Pat­tin­son.

When Sandler has waded into drama, he’s of­ten won raves. But even more than his turns in Punch Drunk Love and Span­glish, Sandler’s ten­der, rum­pled per­for­mance as a re­cently di­vorced fa­ther in Noah Baum­bach’s The Meyerowitz Sto­ries (New and Se­lected) was hailed as a new high point for the Sand Man. The Net­flix re­lease could also earn some at­ten­tion for Dustin Hoff­man, who with typ­i­cal dis­tinc­tion plays the prickly fa­ther of Sandler in the film.

Mean­while, Pat­tin­son’s scruffy, scuzzy per­for­mance as a Queens bank rob­ber in Benny and Josh Safdie’s Good Time was im­me­di­ately hailed as a ca­reer-best for the 31-yearold ac­tor.

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