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Welcome to the Wild Card Oscars: Do Films like “Anvil!” Have a Best Picture Shot?

Welcome to the Wild Card Oscars: Do Films like "Anvil!" Have a Best Picture Shot?

This year, perhaps for the first time, a number of uber-indies have the chance to enter the vaunted ranks of Hollywood’s biggest promotional platform: Best Picture. Here’s my latest story for IFC.com, “Welcome to the Wild Card Oscars“: “If the new rule change presumably happened to help mainstream studio films make the Best Picture cut — the oft-cited example being last year’s slight of “The Dark Knight,” while early talk this year is circling “District 9” and “Avatar” as big-budget possibilities — the shift may inevitably favor indies, because studios are making fewer and fewer of the sorts of prestige movies that are typically Oscar fodder.”

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