The red carpet at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre hasn’t even been rolled up, but Hollywood is already buzzing about next year’s Oscar race.
Prognosticating this far out is not for the faint of heart, as some possible contenders have yet to lock down release dates or even US distributors.
Will James Gandolfini, who failed to net a posthumous Oscar nomination for “Enough Said,” have more luck with his final film, a Brooklyn-based crime drama that’s now being called “The Drop”?
And then there’s late Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has two small films (“God’s Pocket’’ and “A Most Wanted Man’’) that premiered at Sundance due this year.
Here, in no particular order, are a selection of films on the horizon that would seem to be contenders:
• “Inherent Vice’’ — Director Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood”) reunites with “The Master” star Joaquin Phoenix, who plays a drug-fueled 1970s detective investigating the murder of his former girlfriend.
• “Fury’’ — Brad Pitt as a hardened tank commander in World War II who leads a squad including Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman. Directed by David Ayer (“End of Watch’’).
• “Big Eyes’’ — Tim Burton’s first biopic since “Ed Wood’’ stars Amy Adams as painter Margaret Keane, whose husband (Christoph Waltz) claimed he was responsible for her canvases of oversized, doe-eyed children.
• “Interstellar’’ — A post-“Dark Knight’’ Christopher Nolan directs a heavyweight cast (Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway) in a sci-fi tale about intergalactic travel via a wormhole. Or something like that.
• “Untitled Cameron Crowe Project’’ — The ubiquitous Bradley Cooper has also finished the “Almost Famous’’ director’s latest, playing a defense contractor in this long-planned romantic dramedy set in Hawaii. it co-stars Rachel McAdams.
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lol for reference: last year's predictions