Oscars News: Can Paramount bring ‘Noah’ back to life with Oscar voters?

Kris Tapley asks if Paramount will be able to bring spring release “Noah” starring Russell Crowe back into the Oscar discussion. They are especially hoping to rekindle voter support for the below-the-line technical categories of the Darren Aronofsky film. Composer Clint Mansell and songwriter Patti Smith have been making the circuits along with cinematographer Matthew Libatique and sound mixers Craig Henighan and Skip Lievsay. The studio has had a recent miss with “Men Women and Children” but also has “Interstellar,” “Selma,” “The Gambler,” and “Top Five” in the mix. HitFix

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Sasha Stone discusses why the Oscar race discussions are continually “dominated by men.” Are the female-related films truly not “good enough” and is there “always something wrong with them”? She says that movies about women, like “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” “The Homesman,” and “Wild” this year, are the first to be cut when rounding up a top 10 for Best Picture. Female directors like Angelina Jolie (“Unbroken“) and Ava DuVernay (“Selma“) must make films about men to be considered. Awards Daily

Steve Pond offers his 10 things you should know about the “massive” Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. Screenings will begin on Monday of the record 83 entries “and will clog voters’ calendars” for the next two months. The Academy divides the load among the volunteers into three color-coded groups and splits up the films among them. That means no one person is forced to watch all 83 films. The Wrap

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Anne Thompson declares that the new Laura Poitras film “CITIZENFOUR” should be considered the Oscar frontrunner as Best Documentary Feature. She calls it an “unflinching” look at Edward Snowden‘s final days “before blowing the whistle on NSA surveillance.” The movie has already earned raves at the New York Film Festival. It has helped that the “cone of secrecy” around the project has made it “big news indeed.” Thompson on Hollywood

Pete Hammond reports that late-season entry “The Gambler” will have its world premiere at the AFI Fest on November 10. The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt and written by Oscar winner William Monahan (“The Departed”). It is about a high-stakes gambler (Mark Wahlberg) who bets it all and offers his life as collateral. The movie co-stars Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Brie Larson, and Michael Kenneth Williams. The opening night film for the gala on November 6 is “A Most Violent Year” with Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac. Deadline

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