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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Best Picture Chart – 9/30/10

BEST
PICTURE
Picture
Studio
Director
Stars
Comment
The Films
Most Likely
(by release date)
June 18
Toy Story 3
Disney
Unkrich
July 16

Inception
WB
Nolan
DiCaprio
Oct 1

The Social Network
Sony
Fincher
Eisenberg
Nov 5
127 Hours
FxSch
Boyle
Franco
Nov
24
The King’s Speech
TWC
Marshall
Firth
Dec 1
Black Swan
FxSch
Aronofsky
Portman
Dec 25
True Grit
Par
Coens
Bridges
Brolin
Damon

The only film in this category that hasn’t been seen.
Duking It Out For 3 or 4 Slots (by release date)
July 30
Get Low
SPC
Schneider
Duvall
Spacek
Murray
Feb 19
Shutter Island
Par
Scorsese
DiCaprio
June 11 Winter’s Bone
RdAtt
Granik
Lawrence
July 9
The Kids Are All Right
Focus
Cholodenko
Bening
Moore
Sept 15
Never Let Me Go
FxSch
Romanek
Knightley
Mulligan
Garfield
Sept 17
The Town
WB
Affleck

Renner

Oct 8
Secretariat
Dis
Wallace
Lane
Oct 22
Hereafter
WB
Eastwood
Damon
Nov5
Due Date
WB
Phillips
Downey
Galifianakis
Nov 5
For Colored Girls…
LGF
Perry
Elise
Goldberg
Newton
Nov 12
Morning Glory
Par
Michell
McAdams
Ford
Nov 19
Made In Dagenham
SPC
Cole
Hawkins
Nov 24
Love & Other Drugs
Fox
Zwick
Gyllenhaal
Hathaway
Dec 10
The Fighter
Par/Rel
O. Russell
Wahlberg
Dec 17
How Do You Know
Sony
Brooks
Witherspoon
Nicholson
Dec 17
Rabbit Hole
LGF
Mitchell
Kidman
Dec 29
Another Year
SPC
Leigh
Broadbent
Staunton
Dec 29
Biutiful
RdAtt
Gonzalez-
Inarritu
Bardem
The
Rest Of The Contenders
(by release date)
Mar 26
How to Train Your Dragon
DW/Par
Aug 13
Eat Pray Love
Fox
J Roberts
Sept 1
The American
Focus
Corbijn
Clooney
Sept 24

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story
Focus
Boden/
Fleck
E Roberts
Sept 24
Wall Street 2
Fox
Stone
Douglas
Mulligan
Oct 15
Conviction
FxSch
Goldwyn
Swank
Dec 25

Somewhere
Focus
Coppola

Dorff
Fanning

Dec 1
Miral
TWC
Schnabel
Dec 10
The Tempest
Mir
Taymor
Mirren
Dec 31
Blue Valentine
TWC
Cianfrance
Gosling
Williams

8 Responses to “Best Picture Chart – 9/30/10”

  1. Keil Shults says:

    What’s the latest on The Way Back? Will it be in this year’s running?

  2. Hopscotch says:

    I’d take Shutter Island down quite a bit. Paramount will be spending it’s ad money on True Grit.

  3. hcat says:

    I believe the Way Back will be released by Newmarket in 2011

  4. Keil Shults says:

    Yeah, Shutter Island has virtually no shot at the Top 10.

  5. Keil Shults says:

    Early Best Pic predictions (i’ll keep it to 9 slots for now), especially for a middle school teacher from north Texas, but here goes:

    Another Year
    Black Swan
    Inception
    King’s Speech
    127 Hours
    Social Network, The
    Toy Story 3
    True Grit
    Winter’s Bone (this has a slight edge over Kids Are All Right, but both won’t likely make the cut)

  6. Actually, Paramount is planning an all out campaign for Shutter Island, so it would be silly to just disregard it entirely.

  7. Keil Shults says:

    I’m not disregarding it, I’m just being realistic. Shutter Island has virtually no shot at the Top 10, regardless of Paramount’s intentions and campaign budget.

  8. Dan Humphrey says:

    “Shutter” has a shot w. ten slots, absolutely. It’s not “in the bag”; “Inception” will siphon off some of the votes, but once you’re in the Oscar winner’s club, you’re much more likely to get nominated for anything you do that’s at all worthy: Eastwood, Tomei, Fellini…

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