Oscars News: 5 reasons why ‘Inherent Vice’ faces a tough awards road ahead

Anne Thompson argues five reasons why the new Paul Thomas Anderson film “Inherent Vice” faces a tough road ahead. Calling the film “bloated” at a 148-minute runtime, she refers to it as a “stoner detective film noir.” Her first reason is that “it helps if you’ve read the book” by Thomas Pynchon. She says that it is no “Chinatown” and that it should be an arthouse movie but is hampered by a big studio (Warner Bros.) releasing it wide. Her final reasons are that “Anderson needs to work on his women” and that Oscar chances are limited since it is a comedy. She does praise lead actor Joaquin Phoenix and says that he deserves a Best Actor nomination. Thompson on Hollywood

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Matt Patches discusses how actress Kristen Stewart is having a great non-“Twilight” year. Her studio Sony Pictures Classics is already gearing her up for an Oscar push as Best Supporting Actress for “Still Alice.” She plays the daughter of a woman (Julianne Moore) going through early on-set Alzheimer’s. In the upcoming indie film “Camp X-Ray,” she got good reviews at Sundance as a loner Guantanamo Bay guard. HitFix

Scott Feinberg makes his latest Oscar predictions at the halfway mark of the New York Film Festival. His 10 projected Best Picture nominees are (in order): “Interstellar,” “Unbroken,” “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything,” “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Whiplash,” “Foxcatcher,” and “Into the Woods.” The Best Actor top five are:  Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton, Bradley Cooper, and Jack O’Connell. The five top names for Best Actress are: Julianne Moore, Felicity Jones, Reese Witherspoon, Rosamund Pike, and Shailene Woodley. Hollywood Reporter

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Dave McNary reports that the Bennett Miller film “Foxcatcher” claims the important closing night slot at the upcoming AFI Fest. Called “powerfully disturbing” by critic Justin Chang, the psychological drama stars contenders Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. The movie will screen at the Dolby Theater on November 13. The opening night film will be J.C. Chandor‘s “A Most Violent Year” with Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac on November 6. Variety

Kevin Polowy brings an exclusive new clip of awards contender “Fury.” Oscar-winning producer Brad Pitt returns to acting as Staff Sergeant Don “Wardaddy” Collier fighting during World War II. His four-man platoon, played by Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal, is a small skeleton crew behind enemy lines. The film opens nationally on October 17. Yahoo Movies

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