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Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” wins over New York Film Festival critics – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” will open the New York Film Festival this evening, but press members ventured to an early morning screening, and the reactions have been overwhelmingly good.

Twitter continues to explode with praise for Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel about a ship venturing across the ocean that encounters a massive storm, setting Pi on a personal, miraculous journey.

Pete Hammond called “Pi” a “visual masterpiece and instant Oscar contender. Look for multiple nominations, including best picture.”

David Ehrlich added: “People say the cinema is dying, and yet films like this prove that it is still just being invented.”

Kris Tapley concludes, “Excuse me whiel I wipe Life of Pi tears. It’s clunky at times, but overall quite affecting.”

So Lee’s film is off to a good first start, Expect to hear more as the film premiere’s tonight. But NYFF often is treated as yet another launch pad, helping films like “The Descendants” last year. Will this be the moment “Life of Pi” took over the Oscar race?

Read more of our exclusive Awards coverage:
Our “Silver Linings Playbook” review
Ben Affleck’s “Argo” scores
Producer Harvey Weinstein
“Lawless” director John Hillcoat

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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