Friday, 30 December 2011

Contender Castoffs: What Happened to These 13 Would-Be 2011 Awards Hopefuls?

A look at what became of some of the films that many thought, at one time or another, might factor into this year's awards race, but never did.

On the Road
On paper, it sounds incredible: a big-screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac's great "road novel"; directed by Walter Salles, who helmed the great "road movie" The Motorcycle Diaries (2004); produced by masters Francis Ford Coppola and Gus Van Sant; and starring young actors Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund, Oscar nominees Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen and Terrence Howard, as well as Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Steve Buscemi, Tom Sturridge and Elisabeth Moss.
VERDICT: Still seeking U.S. distribution. (The film was shot in fall and winter 2010 but has not screened publicly, which is not a good sign.)

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