1picture_big The race is most certainly on, with the early fall fests bringing everything from "Birdman" and "The Imitation Game" to "The Theory of Everything" and "Gone Girl" to the table. Subversive material from master filmmakers will give the critics groups a lot to chew on when they have their say later in the year, but broader plays like "Unbroken" and "Interstellar" could end up ticking off a lot of boxes for voters. A varied and interesting season is afoot.

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