2016 Oscar Circuit Guide: Award Hopefuls Debuting at Venice, TIFF, and NYFF

Peter-Simonischek-ist-in-Toni-ErdmannToni Erdmann
dir. Maren Ade – NYFF – Sony Pictures Classics

The official submission for Germany for the Foreign Language Oscar, “Toni Erdmann” is probably one of the surest things going into the season.  Cannes loved it, Sony Pictures Classics is feeling exceptionally confident on its chances, and it could be one of those that breaks out in other categories like Original Screenplay.  With a Christmas Day release, playing the festival circuit is essential to mounting a successful campaign.  If we were still operating on a straight ten BP nominee system, we would be talking about this a bit more.  Perhaps we still can?