It seemed like the trailer for John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" turned a number of people around on the project, at least judging by comments I've seen here and there. And make no mistake, it will have a presence in the awards season; Disney is circling its wagons, has brought on a key Oscar strategist and will probably be all in on this one.

Not only that, but if the tone of George Cooney's "The Monuments Men" is indeed a touch lighter than anticipated (and not that this particular film is "Schindler's List"), then "Saving Mr. Banks" starts to look like that most dreadful of things: the early frontrunner. Or maybe not. We'll see what happens.

In the meantime, Disney has released the first poster for the film. Check it out below.

"Saving Mr. Banks" arrives in theaters on Dec. 20.

Saving Mr. Banks poster

Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape for over a decade. He founded In Contention in 2005. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. He begs you not to take any of this too seriously.