The first round of fall festivals has concluded, and here’s where the Oscars race stands:
• Adam Sandler
and Jennifer Lopez
are actual awards contenders.
• A movie about a comic-book character won the jury prize from one of the most prestigious international film festivals.
• A comedy about Nazis
featuring a lovably goofy Adolf Hitler
won an audience award that is supposed to lead to an automatic Best Picture nomination.
• And there is no Best Picture front-runner, unless you want to count the July release that has gotten flak for making fun of Bruce Lee and incorporating the Manson family into a Hollywood story.
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Welcome to awards season 2019, where the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals didn’t crystallize this year’s awards forecast, where Quentin Tarantino
’s “Once Upon a Time