First, Jeff Wells rambled on about how great it was (going so far as to call it Edward Zwick’s best film), and now there’s this more nuanced but still quite favorable review on The Playlist, which continues a suggestion a lot of Oscar watchers had kind of tucked aside for the past month or two: mainstream Anne Hathaway-Jake Gyllenhaal rom-com “Love and Other Drugs” is a part of this year’s race. Maybe it was all a result of some clever campaign strategy on behalf of 20th Century Fox – NOT screening in Toronto or Telluride and getting bad buzz as a result so we’d all be surprised when decent reviews come along. I suspect the film will end up with its fare share of haters (comparisons to “Jerry Maguire” and “Up In The Air” already scare me, personally), but if audiences click it could end up a major Oscar player, just like “Maguire” and “Air” did. Most likely seems Anne Hathaway, which further complicates the already jam packed best actress race by giving it an 11th major contender:
Is it now looking like Bening/Hathaway/Kidman/Manville/Portman? But then what of Hawkins/Lane/Lawrence/Moore/Williams? Or, in a perfect world, Swinton? Or worse what if Paltrow & Witherspoon bring us more than we are expecting? I say make best picture 5 this year and expand actress to 10.
But “Drugs”‘ chances may not stop there. Picture and screenplay could be definite possibilities as well if all continues to go well….