Oscars News: What buried awards treasures will be found at the New York Film Festival?

Matthew Jacobs previews the New York Film Festival running September 26 through October 12. He says there are many anticipated movies beyond Oscar marquee names like “Gone Girl” (David Fincher), “Inherent Vice” (Paul Thomas Anderson), and “Birdman” (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu). Some of those “buried” treasures include: “Citizenfour,” “71,” “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Eden,” “Goodbye to Language,” “Mr. Turner,” “Saint Laurent,” “Time Out of Mind,” “Two Days, One Night,” and “Whiplash.” Huffington Post


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Susan Wloszczyna wonders if The Weinstein Co. is actually pushing “Tracks” and its star Mia Wasikowska for the Oscars? After “a bevy of critical admirers” at the recent film festivals, the film had a soft opening in limited release. Will the voters remember this smaller wilderness trek movie when Fox Searchlight turns up the heat on the similar-themed “Wild” and Reese Witherspoon? Thompson on Hollywood

The San Diego Film Festival will be bookended by two high-profile films. The Jean-Marc Vallee movie “Wild” starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern opens the event on September 24. The indie “You’re Not You” with Hilary Swank screens on September 27. The Gregory Peck Award for life achievement will be presented to Oscar champ Alan Arkin. Variety

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Ryan Lattanzio asks if “The Barefoot Artist” might follow a similar path to the Oscar documentary race as “Cutie and the Boxer” did last year. Directed by Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub, it is a portrait of Chinese-American artist Lily Yeh. It will open in New York and Los Angeles for a qualifying run in December. Watch a new trailer for this “visually stunning and deeply emotional” new film. Thompson on Hollywood

Steve Pond brings a thorough update of over 50 entries (so far) into the foreign language category at the Oscars. He predicts that the three frontrunners could be “Mommy” (Canada), “Ida” (Poland), and “Winter Sleep” (Turkey). A record number of 76 films entered the competition last year, and there is still more than a week to go before the 2014 deadline of October 1. The Wrap

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