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Movie Awards’ Projections For August: Contenders for the 2011 Awards Season – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: With “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” tearing up box office records and the last of the summer blockbusters preparing to drop — “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” appears to be the last major tent pole on the horizon — now seems like a safe time to start winding down from the muscular summer movie season so we can get in mental, emotional and physical shape for the autumn season. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR LIST OF SELECTED FILMS.

That’s when studios begin to position their awards hopefuls for lengthy Oscar-season campaigns, which can begin as early as August at the Venice Film Festival and extend all the way to the Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2012.

At the early stage of the annual game, the field of contenders is massive. The fun, each year, comes in whittling down a pool of potential to find the pictures we hope can find their into the Oscar race. And with the added wrinkle of an undetermined number of Best Picture nominees (the Academy did away with 10 noms in favor of an as-many-as-we-need system), the debate surrounding worthy titles should be passionate.

We can’t wait. So we won’t wait. We’re gearing up for the annual awards race by amassing the movies we think will be in the discussion. Some we have seen already, though most are opening between now and New Year’s Eve, making them eligible for Academy consideration in 2011. This will be a straight list. We’ll get to commentary (lots and lots of commentary) as the season moves along … especially after we’ve been able to see the movies on this initial list.

Be sure to bookmark HollywoodNews.com for the best awards coverage the industry has to offer. This isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon. And while we’re pretty much just lacing up our running shoes at this point, we know the finish line is out there somewhere, and we’re getting pretty excited about crossing it.

WEEKLY LIST: Contenders for the 2011 Awards Season – By Release Date
Coming soon lists with Actors, Directors, Screenwriters, Cinematographers, Editors, Film Composers, Production Designers, Costume Designers, Sound, and Visual Effects

“The Help,” Buena Vista (8/12)
“One Day,” Focus Features (8/19)
“Higher Ground,” Sony Classics (8/26)

“Contagion,” Warner (9/9)
“Drive,” FilmDistrict (9/16)
“Moneyball,” Sony (9/23)
“50/50,” Summit (9/30)
“Take Shelter,” Sony Classics (9/30)
“A Dangerous Method,” Sony Classics (TBA)

“The Ides of March,” Sony (10/7)
“Dirty Girl,” Weinstein Co. (10/7)
“The Way,” Icon Entertainment (10/7)
“The Skin I Live In,” Sony Classics (10/14)
“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Fox Searchlight (10/21)
“Anonymous,” Sony (10/28)
“The Rum Diaries,” FilmDistrict (10/28)
“Like Crazy,” Paramount Vantage (10/28)
“J. Edgar,” Warner (10/21)

“My Week with Marilyn,” Weinstein Co. (11/4)
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” Focus Features (11/18)
“Hugo,” Paramount (11/23)
“The Artist,” The Weinstein Co. (11/23)
“The Descendents,” Fox Searchlight (11/23)

“Coriolanus,” The Weinstein Co. (12/2)
“Carnage,” Sony Classics (11/08)
“The Iron Lady,” Weinstein Co. (12/16)
“The Adventures of Tintin,” Paramount (12/23)
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Sony (12/21)
“We Bought a Zoo,” Fox (12/23)
“In the Land of Blood and Honey,” FilmDistrict (12/23)
“War Horse,” Disney (12/28)
“Young Adult,” Paramount (12/16)
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” Paramount/Warner (TBA)

“A Better Life,” Summit
“Beginners,” Focus Features
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” Warner Bros.
“Jane Eyre,” Focus Features
“Melancholia,” Magnolia
“Midnight in Paris,” Sony Classics
“The Tree of Life,” Fox Searchlight
“We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Oscilloscope
“Win Win,” Fox Searchlight

AWARDS LIST SELECTION PROCESS: The HOLLYWOODNEWS.COM awards lists are an attempt at bringing you the most up-to-date positioning in the ongoing awards race. As a result, the lists are very fluid, but as accurate as possible.

Our selection process consists of pre-press screenings, private industry screenings, press screenings, festival screenings, and tons of research.

Our data is collected by our reporters, in-house analysts, and established members of the entertainment industry including agents, critics, directors, managers, producers, publicists, screenwriters, as well as below the line talent. By sampling industry experts, we bring to you the sharpest, most accurate awards-season snapshot on a regular basis.

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