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Release date: Dec. 25
Director: Jason Reitman
Cast: Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, James Van Der Beek, Gattlin Griffith, Tom Lipinski
Pros: Reitman has previous Best Picture nominees "Juno" and "Up in the Air" to his credit while Brolin is a former nominee and Winslet a multiple nominee and winner. The drama found a female fan base in Telluride and Toronto and could easily duplicate that passion in the Academy. It doesn't hurt that Brolin and Winslet are, as usual, top notch.
Cons: The film might be a better sell for Paramount as a conventional thriller. If that's the case it may quickly become just an actors showcase.