Who are the real Oscar contenders from Cannes 2014 so far?
CANNES - After today's disappointing screening of Michel Hazanavicius' "The Search," there is little doubt it's been a weak year for Oscar at Cannes. There are only two more days left for the Competition titles and no one is expecting Ken Loach's "Jimmy's Hall," Xavier Dolan's "Mommy," Olivier Assayas' "Sils Maria" (well, maybe) or possible Palme d'Or crasher "Leviathan" to become major awards season players.
That being said, "Foxcatcher," "Mr. Turner" and "The Homesman" could make a mark later on this year. And, there are numerous foreign language films that could be submitted including the aforementioned "Leviathan" from Russia, Turkey's "Winter Sleep," China's "Coming Home (Gui Lai)" and Argentina's "Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes)," among others. (And your guess is as good as ours for France's entry.)
Guy Lodge and I took a few moments on a windy Croisette to chat about this year's Oscar prospects that have premiered at the festival. Check out our thoughts in the video embedded at the top of this post. We'll be back on Friday with a wrap up of the Festival so far.