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Even though Christian Bale is marketing “Out Of The Furnace” more than the other strong Oscar contender he’s apart of “American Hustle”, there could be a few reasons for that including that “Out Of The Furnace” comes out sooner and could probably actually use Bale’s help in pushing it into absolutely any category, which is saying a lot. Jeff Bridges has an Oscar from his work with director Scott Cooper on “Crazy Heart” and Maggie Gyllenhaal was nominated. The Original Song won the other Oscar for Cooper’s film, but “Out Of The Furnace” doesn’t seem to have the wherewithal to match that film. That being said, Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, and Forest Whitaker are all major Oscar contenders, so depending on how well this film does in the critics’ circles and with the general public, it could get just the right push. I compare this film to “Prisoners” of this year, which, for all intents and purposes, could be Oscar contenders any other year. But with the deck already stacked, films that fall slightly out of the circle of what we consider Oscar fodder are completely kept off the reservation. But Bale is currently doing the circuits for this film and obviously we’ll all know more when it hits theaters, but at this point in time, I wouldn’t count on seeing this one in the nominations.

On a side note, notice Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio credited as producers, which would make this interesting if the film were to defy the odds and end up being nominated for Best Picture.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

BEST PICTURE Jennifer Davisson Killoran
Leonardo DiCaprio
Ryan Kavanaugh
Ridley Scott
Michael Costigan
BEST DIRECTOR Scott Cooper
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Brad Ingelsby and Scott Cooper
BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Woody Harrelson
Casey Affleck
Forest Whitaker
Willem Dafoe
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Zoë Saldana
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Masanobu Takayanagi
BEST FILM EDITING
David Rosenbloom, ACE
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Thérèse DePrez, Production Designer
Merissa Lombardo, Set Decorator
Gary Kosko, Art Direction
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Kurt and Bart
BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Ken Diaz, Makeup Designer
Karen Lovell, Hair Designer
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Raymond Gieringer, Visual Effects Supervisor
Tim Carras, Visual Effects Supervisor
Jon Cowley, Visual Effects Supervisor
Ray Bivens, Special Effects Supervisor
 BEST SOUND EDITING
John Morris, Supervisor Sound Editor
BEST SOUND MIXING
James Emswiller, CAS, Production Sound Mixer
Leslie Shatz, Re-Recording Mixer
Rick Kline, Re-Recording Mixer
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Dickon Hinchliffe

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