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Oscar Hopefuls have one Last Chance

January 1st, 2010

In order to qualify for this year's Oscars, a film had to open before today, so it comes as no surprise that the two films on this week's list of limited releases both opened on Wednesday. However, it does come as a bit of a surprise that there are only two films and only one of them has any real shot at picking up a nomination.

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond - Reviews
Based on an unproduced Tennessee Williams screenplay. That makes it of interest for his fans, but the vast majority of critics are saying there's a reason it was forgotten for so long. Even many of those giving the film a positive review are saying it’s a lesser work by the legendary writer. The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond opened on Wednesday and is now playing in a handful of theaters, mostly in the Los Angeles area.

The White Ribbon - Reviews
A multi-award-winning film that has already picked up a Golden Globe nomination and could add an Oscar nomination to its collection as well. It takes place in the days before World War I in rural town in Germany where a series of accidents befall the residents, but many write them off as coincidences. However, after the schoolteacher starts investigating, he begins to believe they are not coincidences, nor are they accidents. Reviews are great, certainly strong enough to suggest some ability to thrive in limited release, but there is a lot of competition this time of year. The White Ribbon opened on Wednesday in three theaters, two in New York City and one in the Los Angeles area.


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