Best: Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson’s wartime comedy became the director’s most successful film when it bowed this last March, earning nearly $60 million at the domestic box office alone. The sad truth: That same distance from prestige picture season, filling a void for hungry arthouse audiences, theoretically cursed the movie’s chances in the awards season. Contenders come out in the fall, not the previous spring. Or that’s the tradition. Voters must be falling hard for Anderson’s whimsy, as "Grand Budapest" continues to turn up on best-of-the-year and awards nomination lists. Praise from SAG could be a sign that the movie has legs come Oscar time.
- Matt Patches