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A Single Man
Pros: Tom Ford's directorial debut won star Colin Firth the best actor award in Venice and both Firth and co-star Julianne Moore received raves for their performances in the gay-themed dramedy. Harvey Weinstein, who acquired the film, has pulled some Oscar miracles out of his hat before.
Cons: The cast may be great, but the movie itself may be too gay even for the Academy (yep, even after "Milk" and "Brokeback Mountain"). It's also extremely rare for a first time filmmaker to have their film nominated for best picture.