Beyond Telluride Film Fest: Oscars, Best Picture?

Bullock in Gravity; Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave; Lawrence in American Hustle, from BBC News & Entertainment

Beyond Telluride Film Fest: Oscars, Best Picture?

Bullock in Gravity; Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave; Lawrence in American Hustle, from BBC News & Entertainment

Bullock in Gravity; Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave; Lawrence in American Hustle, from BBC News & Entertainment

My husband Clint sent me a link to this blog by Tim Masters that appeared in BBC News, Entertainment Arts, ¬†about the Oscars. The story, of course, has a Telluride Film Fest link, because two of the picks got their jumpstart in town. In addition, Robert Redford gets a nod for Best Actor for “All is Lost.”

With three months to go before the Oscars, how competitive is the race for best picture?

Although the Academy Awards aren’t held until 2 March 2014, several front-runners have emerged in one of the strongest fields for years.

Most Oscar experts agree that Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D film about astronauts adrift in space, and Steve McQueen’s hard-hitting historical drama, 12 Years a Slave, are guaranteed best picture nominations when the shortlist is announced in mid-January.

Gravity star Sandra Bullock is also hotly tipped to win a best actress nomination, while 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o are all expected to get acting nods.

“I would say it’s one of the strongest fields that I can recall, and I’ve been doing this since 2001,” says Scott Feinberg, lead awards analyst for The Hollywood Reporter.

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