Oscars News: Why did Academy voters greet ‘Gone Girl’ with a shrug?

Glenn Whipp reports that the Saturday screening for “Gone Girl” at the Academy was completely packed. But the “muted” responses from the Oscar voters “fell squarely in line with the middling B grade” given my moviegoers across the country. The film is “a bleakly funny portrait of modern marriage at its worst” and a murder mystery adapted from the popular Gillian Flynn novel. Whipp says it was “a rather muted reaction” compared to past films that went on to Best Picture nominations. One voter said about director David Fincher: “But, like a lot of his other movies, you admire it more than you enjoy it.” L.A. Times

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Pete Hammond, however, declares that David Fincher is “way up” with his Oscar odds after a great week of reviews and his biggest box office opening ever. The film “Gone Girl” with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike earned $37.5 million this weekend. Fincher has already picked up two Best Picture nominations before (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Social Network”) and should be poised again. Deadline

Scott Feinberg asks whether the weighted Academy ballot might enable “Inherent Vice” to gain an Oscar nod for Best Picture. Debuting at the New York Film Festival this weekend, he says the film was greeted with a “polite sitting ovation” and struck most people as “not uninteresting.” Adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel by Paul Thomas Anderson, “several scenes are too long and somewhat incoherent.” It does have its fans, though, so could it be the overall favorite for enough voters, similar to the divisive “The Tree of Life” in 2011? Hollywood Reporter

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Travis Reilly presents a new trailer for surprise awards contender “Nightcrawler.” Jake Gyllenhaal plays a journalist involved in murder and mayhem for the Dan Gilroy film. He says that “we see the madness has taken its toll” on main character Louis Bloom after he sneaks around from one crime scene to another. The film hits theaters on October 31. The Wrap

E. Alex Jung offers a new clip of awards contender “St. Vincent.” The 2:41 segment stars past Oscar nominee Bill Murray as he is “shuffling outside, lighting up a cigarette, and watering a plant” and singing to Bob Dylan‘s song “Shelter from the Storm.” Murray plays a war veteran recuited by new next-door neighbor Melissa McCarthy to babysit her son. The movie opens in limited release on October 10. Vulture

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