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Gus Van Sant - 'Promised Land'
Pro: The first time Gus Van Sant and Matt Damon collaborated, "Good Will Hunting" managed a solid journey through the awards season. And of course, "Milk" was a thoroughbred four years ago. So he's earned the respect of his peers in the Academy, and despite being a bit uneven over the years, he always turns up something that appeals to them sooner or later.
Con: But will "Promised Land" be one of those that appeals? It's still left to be seen. Early word is that it's incredibly conventional and not very dynamic. Focus also has its hands full with a variety of contenders, each of which could miss with the Academy at the end of the day.
- Kristopher Tapley