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

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dir. Denis Villeneuve – Venice and TIFF – (Paramount Pictures)

Each year, we seem to get a critically acclaimed science fiction film that can often clean house in the technical categories.  This year, it could be Denis Villeneuve’s film about mysterious spacecrafts that touch down across the globe.  Starring five-time nominee Amy Adams, along with Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, the cast alone provides ample reason for voters to pay attention.   Villeneuve’s last three films all had high-profile festival showings (“Sicario” and “Enemy” showed at TIFF with “Prisoners” showing at Telluride), and we’re slowly moving towards a ticket for him to attend the Dolby Theatre.  Let’s see if this year is it.