Jim Sheridan’s ‘Brothers’ an Underdog Oscar Contender?

So much has already been written about how the newly expanded Best Picture category will be filled this year that I’ve begun to grow bored with it. Blog after blog after blog has been devoted to speculation ranging from the obvious (A Serious Man should make the list!) to the wildly untenable (Anvil! The Story of Anvil should make the list!). Given this trend, it seems like nothing short of a miracle that I’ve read nary a word about Jim Sheridan’s new movie Brothers. It’s slated for a December 4 release, is Academy-friendly in any number of ways, and looks like it could even earn Tobey Maguire his first acting nod. Trailer after the jump.

It’s worth nothing that Sheridan received a standing ovation after a Directors’ Guild screening of the film on Sunday and, as Pete Hammond (one of the few awards-watchers who’s aware of this pic) points out in a post at The Envelope, “It feels especially pertinent now in the wake of the Ft. Hood tragedy and shows that war doesn’t really end for some vets once they return.” This seems to me like echt Oscar-bait in a field where other much ballyhooed contenders (I’m looking at you Precious and Up in the Air) are in fact, rather weak. That Brothers features a new U2 song probably doesn’t hurt its chances either.

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