Is it too early for Os­car mus­ings?

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Oh, there re­ally is noth­ing more an­noy­ing than the low­brow film writer who looks for tips as to po­ten­tial Os­car nom­i­nees in the Cannes line-up.

You can, of course, see where this is headed. Two places have al­ready been booked. To be fair, when Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash screened at Sun­dance ear­lier this year, more than a few marked JK Sim­mons down for a best-sup­port­ing nod, and a tri­umphant screen­ing here at the Di­rec­tors’ Fort­night se­cured his spot.

This writer was among the throng award­ing Sim­mons a 15-minute stand­ing ova­tion on Tues­day evening. The real rev­e­la­tion was, how­ever, Steve Carell in Ben­nett Miller’s hitherto un­seen Foxcatcher. Al­most un­recog­nis­able be­hind a very good pros­thetic nose, Carel plays John du Pont, so­cio­pathic heir to the chemical for­tune, who bought him­self into a po­si­tion as head coach of the US Olympic wrestling team and then com­mit­ted an act of ru­inous vi­o­lence.

Given that the film just failed to fin­ish in time for last year’s Os­car sea­son, you could be for­given for think­ing it would come your way soon. Don’t be so silly. It has, of course, been kicked back to Novem­ber. Lu­di­crous.

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