It's just over three months until the end of the year, and one of the most challenging part of this year's Oscar predictions is establishing what films are coming out this year.
This seems most challenging in the category of Best Actor. The list of actors on the edge seems to grow.
It wasn't until Toronto that I had even heard of the film Get Low staring Robert Duvall, with a strong supporting performance by Billy Murray. And yet, after Toronto, these performances becomes ones that are viable contenders IF they get distribution.
In Get Low Robert Duvall plays a Tennessee man that is planning on throwing his own funeral before he dies.
Duvall isn't the only actor hanging out in limbo, nor is he the only limbo actor playing an old man.
In fact, not the only actor,in limbo, playing an old man in Tennessee. Hal Holbrook plays an old man who deals with his family's betrayal in the film The Evening Sun. The Evening Sun won the audience award at SXSW film festival, (as well as awards at other smaller festivals), but again...no distributor.
You also have the Leo Tolstoy biopic, The Last Station, staring Christopher Plummer (along side Helen Mirren)...
...And the biopic about Charles Darwin, Creation, staring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly.
You can throw around some other names if you want, like Martin Landua in Lovely, Still, or Joe Pesci in Love Ranch (along side Helen Mirren), Javier Bardem in Biutiful, or even Edward Norton in Leaves of Grass, and maybe Colin Farrell in Niel Jordan's Ondine.
All no distribution, but all viable Academy Award contenders if they start showing in theaters in New York and LA by the end of the year.
Thier films are done, but will any of them have a chance?
(Pictured top to bottom: Robert Duvall, Get Low; Paul Bettany, Creation; Christopher Plummer, The Last Station; Hal Holbrook, The Evening Sun; Joe Pesci, Love Ranch)