Oscar Predictions: One Fine Morning

Mia Hansen-Love’s romance/drama One Fine Morning debuted at Cannes in May and is now doing a fall festival run that includes Toronto. The French pic is the latest acclaimed feature from a director who has had several (most recently last year’s Bergman Island). Lea Seydoux leads a cast that includes Melvil Poupaud, Pascal Greggory, and Nicole Garcia.

With Sony Picture Classics handling distribution, the French may have a dilemma on their hands. Morning has an impressive 96% Rotten Tomatoes rating and could be a solid choice for the country’s International Feature Film submission. However, they also have Romain Gavris’s buzzy action drama Athena. While its RT score is lower at 67%, the positive reviews are very positive and it will certainly have its champions for IFF inclusion.

Hansen-Love, despite plenty of heralded pics, has yet to receive any attention from the Academy. That’s part of the reason why I wouldn’t be surprised if France ultimately selects Athena as its hopeful for awards season. My Oscar Prediction posts will continue…

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