America's new shoestring auteurs have gotten a bad rap lately, thanks to a number of DIY helmers who ditch the script and let their actors improvise heavily. Not Lena Dunham.
In the first 80 years of Oscar, only one animated film had ever been nominated for best picture: 1991's "Beauty and the Beast." Then the Academy went back to considering 10 contenders, and "Up" made…
Between a wide-open picture field and wiggle room in other races, here are the dozen other films with the best shot at serious Oscar attention.
Maybe the MPAA had a plan when they gave "Blue Valentine" an NC-17.
If the name Lesley Manville doesn't ring a bell, you haven't been watching Mike Leigh movies closely enough. After "Another Year," you'll never forget her.