Oscars News: Oscar clock running out ot time for Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, RIchard Gere

Pete Hammond says the Oscar clock is running out for powerful films starring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, and Richard Gere. They all enjoyed great reviews at Toronto and elsewhere but still remain without distribution deals. If they are not seen in American theaters by the end of the year and have solid Academy Award campaigns behind them, there will be no realistic chances for Oscar nominations. Aniston “wowed” as a woman suffering from chronic pain in “Cake.” Costner has one of his “best ever” performances in the racially-charged drama “Black and White.” Gere has a “startling turn” as a homeless man in “Time Out of Mind.”  Deadline

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Scott Feinberg provides his weekly Oscar forecast and predictions for many of the races. His current Best Picture nominee frontrunners are (in order): “Interstellar,” “Unbroken,” “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything,” “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl,” and “Into the Woods.” Projected acting winners are: Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice“), Josh Brolin (“Inherent Vice“), and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”). Hollywood Reporter

Sasha Stone offers video of an audience preview hosted by director Ava DuVernay of her new film “Selma.” In addition to a Q&A session, a small group was allowed to see five minutes of the upcoming movie. It stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. Awards Daily

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Gone Girl” film reviews:

Justin Chang – Director David Fincher and stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck are at the top of their game in this mesmerizing adaptation. Variety

Todd McCarthy – Expertly crafted but falls short of Fincher’s finest. Hollywood Reporter

James Rocchi – Fincher’s latest masterwork mixes suspense, cynical comedy and razor-sharp satire. The Wrap

Canada chooses “Mommy” as its submission for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars. It is directed by Xavier Dolan, who also had the film “I Killed My Mother” on the 2010 long list but was not nominated. The movie is about a mother and her troubled 15-year-old son. Montreal Gazette

Israel is submitting “Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem” as its foreign language entry at the Oscars. Directed by Shlomi Elkabetz and Ronit Elkabetz, the film is set in a Rabbinical courtroom where a wife is begging her husband to grant her a divorce. It recently won two Israeili Ophir awards for Best Film and Best Supporting Actor (Sasson Gabai). Hollywood Reporter

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