Predictions: November 2006 Archives

LOS ANGELES — Timing isn’t everything when it comes to the Academy Awards — but it helps. Two big fall films — Martin Scorsese’s box-office success ‘‘The Departed’’ and Clint Eastwood’s faltering ‘‘Flags of Our Fathers’’ — are bookends for the benefits and hazards of releasing acclaimed films early in awards season, when they could either get a jump on front-runner status or be forgotten come Oscar time.

What, no "World Trade Center"?!

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USA Today's "Road to Oscar" running Oscars watch is up again. Their updated chart looks at 10 top contenders for the big awards and forecasts their chances — and they don't seem to think many of the most talked-about films should have speeches ready, except two ...