Oscars News: Will ‘Interstellar’ finally be Christopher Nolan’s ticket to his first Oscar win?

Jeff Jensen offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at potential Oscar kingpin “Interstellar.” Directed by Christopher Nolan, the sci-fi epic opens on November starring recent Academy Award winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway across the universe to try and “find salvation for the human race.” The epic is timed at two hours, 47 minutes and is compared more to the serious-minded “2001: A Space Odyssey” than the escapist “Star Wars.” Nolan says, “We are at an interesting moment where science realizes it has to begin addressing abstractions and human elements, and I wanted to get that in the film. It also speaks to the heart of the movie and the dilemma facing our characters.” After three previous Oscar nods for “Memento” and “Inception” (and a snub for “The Dark Knight”), Nolan is still looking for his first victory. Entertainment Weekly

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Mike Fleming, Jr. presents the “hot” new trailer for major awards contender “Unbroken” directed by Angelina Jolie. The World War II film has been predicted by many pundits sight-unseen for months based on the subject matter and pedigree of behind-the-scenes talents like cinematographer Roger Deakins, composer Alexandre Desplat, and writers Joel and Ethan Coen. The movie stars Jack O’Connell as Louis Zamperini, an Olympic track prodigy who was tormented by the Japanese in a prison camp. It will be in theaters on Christmas Day. Deadline

Ryan Adams reveals a first trailer from the upcoming Ron Howard film “In the Heart of the Sea.” While it isn’t in this year’s race, he notes it opens just 19 days after the Oscar ceremony next March. He declares “a moratorium on my personal skepticism” about Howard, calling the movie “stupendous” and “amazing.” Based on a Nathaniel Philbrick book, it is set in 1820 as a New England whaling ship was assaulted by a mammoth whale. Howard is a two-time Oscar champ for the 2001 Best Picture winner “A Beautiful Mind.” Awards Daily

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Tim Gray says the selection of Neil Patrick Harris as the next host of the Oscars is “edgier than you think.” While he has proven himself before on the Tonys and Emmys, it is actually his work on Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” that shows his “demented energy.” He is “digital-savvy,” which is very important for an Academy that needs to generate millions of social media interactions. Gray wants to see him “push Oscar’s envelope” this time. A photo gallery also features their views on the past 10 Oscar hosts. Variety

Ryan Lattanzio discusses the six films opening this weekend that you need to see. It starts with Oscar contender “Birdman” starring Michael Keaton from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. The others are “Listen Up Philip” (Jason Schwartzman), “Dear White People” (Tyler James Williams), “Fury” (Brad Pitt), and the animated “The Book of Life” and “The Tale of Princess Kaguya.” Thompson on Hollywood

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