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“Up In The Air” Fall Fests First True Oscar Contender

"Up In The Air" Fall Fests First True Oscar Contender

Even before its technical world premiere later this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Telluride sneak of Jason Reitman’s “Up In The Air” has the internet all buzzed up, with Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson, In Contention‘s Kris Tapley, Variety‘s Todd McCarthy, and The Hollywood Reporter‘s Stephen Farber among the many, many folks ranting and raving about the film. Soundbites include “a witty, charming and moving exploration of a world we all recognize,” care of Thompson, and “it finds a universal rhythm and lives in that space, making for one of the most effective works of the year,” care of Tapley.. while Farber compares Reitman to Billy Wilder, Preston Sturges and Alexander Payne.

I think its pretty clear where this is heading… These days, all it takes is a day of intense internet buzz for me to feel pretty confident “Up In The Air” – particularly in what looks to be a pretty weak year – is all but assured a spot on Oscar’s top ten, with nominations for Reitman’s directing and screenplay and Clooney’s performance not far behind. The Anna Kendrick-Vera Farmiga double bid for supporting actress should be a considerable force as well.

Frankly – and I realize this is both premature on the calendar and in the fact that I haven’t even seen the film (I’m hoping that should change later this week) – it has the same “shit, it could actually win” vibe that “Slumdog Millionaire” had going for it when it made its Telluride/Toronto splash a year ago.

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