Based on Khaled Hosseini's bestseller, featuring a mainly non-pro cast, pic is going down well in guild screenings and could be poised to grab a picture nod, among other major kudo categories.
Ryan Gosling proves last year wasn't a fluke and could find himself as a lead actor nominee for the second year in a row.
Bold performance by newcomer Tang Wei could have a chance of slipping into a lighter femme field this year, though Tony Leung might have a tougher time.
Marion Cotillard, for her crack turn as Gallic crooner Edith Piaf, has been considered an actress nom contender since the pic's summer bow.
Keri Russell is pitch perfect as a Southern belle trying to escape a bad marriage in Searchlight's summer indie hit.
At the Variety screening at the Arclight Theater, director Jason Reitman, scribe Diablo Cody and stars Ellen Page, J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney were on hand to chat about "Juno."
"Control's" direction and acting (particularly lead Sam Riley) have already attracted early kudos, while the cinematography takes black-and-white film into new levels of expression.
Months after it became a beloved underdog, consideration for the film has settled into the original song category, for which "Falling Slowly" and "If You Want Me" (written by the film's lead…
Key 2007 prize winners at the world's big five film festivals.
In "Singing Detective" style, James Gandolfini plays a blue-collar schlub whose love affair backfires when his jealous wife (Susan Sarandon) finds out.
Frank Langella plays a fading writer who gets attention from a grad student (Lauren Ambrose).