What we have learned from Venice thus far:
“Atonement” will be a BIG awards contender, not only for Best Picture and Best Director (Joe Wright) but also for Best Actor (James McAvoy), Best Actress (Keira Knightly) and Best Supporting Actress (Saoirse Ronan) along will loads of writing/technical/music awards.
“Michael Clayton” may have a chance with Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Supporting Actor (Tom Wilkenson) and screenplay awards.
Ang Lee’s has sadly not impressed many with “Lust, Caution”.
“In the Valley of Elah” is getting very mixed notices, raging from raves to yawns. However one name keeps coming up with excellent notices. “Tommy Lee Jones” looks to be getting Best Actor notice for this. (Let’s hope we do not have another Paul Haggis love fest!!)