Oscars: Quietly, Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris” continues to dance toward Oscar – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: This year’s Oscar race has frontrunners (“The Artist,” “The Descendants”) and longshots (“Shame,” “Drive”). And then, in the middle of the pack, there are a number of films that should contend in various categories, though which direction the race will run changes virtually every day.

Among those films in the thick of the race: Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris,” which landed on Oscar trackers’ radars back when it bowed at the Cannes film festival and pretty much stayed there for the duration of the lengthy Oscar season.

Allen’s latest has a number of factors going for it. The box office has been the best of Allen’s lengthy career, with a staggering $56.4M earned domestically to date. The critics love it, giving it an impressive 93% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. And today, Allen earned a coveted DGA nomination … which should solidify his (and his film’s) inclusion in the Best Picture race on Oscar morning.

In October, “Midnight In Paris” producer Letty Aronson picked up the Hollywood Producer Award from her film’s star Owen Wilson at the Hollywood Film Awards gala, hosted by Carlos De Abreu, the publisher of this site. As THR Oscarologist Scott Feingerb noted, “The reception that both of them — and the clip of their film — received from the audience only enhances my current suspicion that it will wind up as one of this year’s best picture nominees even if there are only five films that make the cut in the category.”

Months later, my opinion – which mirrors Feinberg’s – remains steadfast in support of Allen, and of “Midnight.” Here’s Wilson presenting to Aronson. Will we hear these names on Oscar morning, as well?

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