Best Picture 2014: Foxcatcher

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A photo of Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in Foxcatcher (via IMDb).

Synopsis: “Based on the true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont and brother Dave Schultz would lead to unlikely circumstances” (via IMDb)

Producers: Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik, and Bennett Miller

  • Ellison is a three-time nominee for producing Zero Dark Thirty (2012), American Hustle (2013), and Her (2013)
  • Kilik is a one-time nominee for producing Babel (2006)

Director: Bennett Miller
Writers: E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Michael Hall

Release Date(s): Nov. 14 (limited)

Festivals:

  • Cannes Film Festival (2014) – World Premiere
  • Toronto International Film Festival (2014) – Canadian Premiere
  • New York Film Festival (2014) – New York Premiere

Awards: N/A
Nominations:

  • Cannes Film Festival (2014) – Palme d’Or, or the Golden Palm (Best Film)

Why? Both of Bennett Miller’s previous films – Capote (2005) and Moneyball (2011) – scored nods for best picture, best actor, and best adapted screenplay, and bids in the supporting races. With acclaim coming out of Cannes, a transformative, against-type performance from Steve Carell, and strong reviews for Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum, why wouldn’t this be an Oscar hit?

Why not? Being a favorite this early means that other films might swoop in and steal attention – watch out for the films playing at Telluride and Toronto.

Ranking: No. 1 as of Aug. DATE, 2014

More on the competition:
Best Picture 2014

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Director 2014: Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher (more)
Best Actor 2014: Steve Carell for Foxcatcher (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Sienna Miller for Foxcatcher (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Vanessa Redgrave for Foxcatcher (more)
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher (more)
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Channing Tatum for Foxcatcher (more)
Best Adapted Screenplay 2014: E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman for Foxcatcher (more)

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