Surveying the field of helmers from debut filmmakers to weathered vets
Richard Linklater - "Before Midnight"
Pros: At this point the accomplishment of the "Before" trilogy should be lost on no one, and Linklater, a unique artist in the film industry fray, has really accomplished something special with these films. The film was a critically acclaimed hit and still registers later in the year, so I wouldn't sleep on his chances.
Cons: Sony Classics also has "Blue Jasmine" it's hoping to keep alive through the fall so there's that. The DVD/Blu-ray release of "Before Sunrise" landed in mid-October, which helps its profile, but there's always a danger of the latter-year films edging out early successes.