PREMIERE LEAGUE: Audiard, Cotillard and actor Matthias Schoenaerts attend the premiere of Rust and Bone during the 56th London Film Fest.
Rust and Bone was the big winner at the recent British Film Institute Awards in London, meaning Marion Cotillard has a good shot at garnering a second nod for a Best Actress Oscar. As we head into the thick of awards season, every little accolade matters in the race for Oscar contention, which is why prognosticators are singling out Rust and Bone as a movie to keep your eye on.
The film, directed by French filmmaker Jacques Audiard stars Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) as a woman who suffers a tragic accident and rebuilds her life and soul with the help of a street-fighting single father. Beating out 12 other heavily lauded pictures, it copped the British Film Institute's top prize at the BFI Film Fest in London on Oct. 21.
Also garnering early buzz, Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild was the other notable winner at BFI, walking away with the Sutherland Award for best first feature.
Other films to keep your eye on: Ben Affleck’s widely lauded Argo, the romantic drama The Sessions (starring John Hawkes and Helen Hunt), the forthcoming Hitchcock (with Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren) and the hotly anticipated musical extravaganza, Les Miserables (due in December), featuring performances by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne and Anne Hathaway.
>> Mark your calendars: Nominations announcements
Independent Spirit (Nov. 27); Critic’s Choice (Dec. 11); Screen Actors’ Guild (Dec. 12); Golden Globes (Dec. 13); and the Academy Awards (Jan. 10).