"The Sisters Brothers" spins a unique Western yarn                "Colette" is another period piece showcase for Kiera Knightley                John C. Reilly looks like a late breaking Academy Award player in the Trailer for "Stan & Ollie"                Brie Larson saves the day in the First Trailer for "Captain Marvel"                The Toronto International Film Festival boosts "Green Book" with its Top Prize                Updated Academy Award predictions for early September                "White Boy Rick" is a compelling character study and period piece                Taking a look at potential Best Supporting Actress contenders                Shane Black gives "The Predator" his signature clever spin                Venice Film Festival award winners include "The Favourite" and "Roma"                Taking a look at potential Best Supporting Actor contenders                Watch out for Ben Foster in Best Supporting Actor for "Leave No Trace"                "The Favourite" releases a new Trailer to build off of its positive festival buzz                "All About Nina" and "Fahrenheit 11/9": Films to look forward to in September                Trailer for "The Front Runner" and Buzz from Telluride suggest another Oscar player for Jason Reitman        

Analyzing Oscar’s Potential Leading and Supporting Ladies

Trying to sand down the rough slate that is the Actress categories is an intimidating task.  The past few years, the category has produced the likes of Natalie Portman in her career-topping performance in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” and Marion Cotillard’s transformation like no other in the Foreign Language film, La Vie en Rose.

It’s August.  Summer’s coming to an end.  Eight months have passed and we have one, count, one, Best Actress contender on the chart.  Quvenzhané Wallis is more and more looking like the little engine that could for her heartbreaking turn in Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild.  While many are shouting from the rooftops that she could be the one to hold the Oscar, barely reaching the microphone, and being a Cinderella story for the millennium, there’s no one to challenge her as of now.

In the past week, Carey Mulligan has dropped off due to the “sudden” push of The Great Gatsby to summer 2013.  Was that telling of something?  We’ll discuss on this week’s episode of Power Hour if it was.  With Mulligan out, we are struggling to find spots filled from performances coming down the pike.

Helen Hunt and Marion Cotillard look as good as any for nominations for their works in The Sessions and Rust & Bone.  Hunt has already been declared by many pundits a full-blown contender after reviews came out of the festivals earlier in the year.  Same goes for Cotillard, who had a larger reception and critical uproar in early 2012.  Unless something extravagant is coming, those two are good for spots (in August at least).

Let’s attempt to analyze this mess.

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