Our first screener of the season is in (at least for the OFCS) and it's Fox Searchlight's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Stars: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Ronald Pickup, Tom Wilkinson, Celia Imrie, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton)
Director: John Madden
Premise: From IMDb: "British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways."
Oscar Chances: Questionable: The film hasn't really dominated conversation since it's early 2012 release, but never underestimate the capabilities of early-in-the-year screeners. People pop those in first before the glut occurs later in October and November.
- Best Picture (Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin)
- Best Director (John Madden)
- Best Adapted Screenplay (Ol Parker)
- Best Actress (Judi Dench)
- Best Actor (Bill Nighy)
- Best Supporting Actor (Dev Patel, Ronald Pickup, Tom Wilkinson)
- Best Supporting Actress (Celia Imrie, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton)
- Best Film Editing (Chris Gill)
- Best Cinematography (Ben Davis)
- Best Original Score (Thomas Newman)
- Best Production Design (Alan MacDonald, Tina Jones)
- Best Costume Design (Louise Stjernsward)
- Best Sound Mixing (Resul Pookutty, TIm Cavagin, Steve Single, Craig Irving)
- Best Sound Editing (Ian Wilson)