A lot goes on at these festivals, but each helps define the top award season contenders and who will likely compete in the Best Picture race at the Oscars.
First up: the latest attempt to chronicle Steve Jobs’ career. Except this time, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin seems to have done the late Apple CEO justice. (Video via Universal Pictures / "Steve Jobs")
Though the most credible review so far has come from Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, portrayed by Seth Rogen. Woz said he felt he was "actually watching Steve Jobs and the others, not actors playing them."
"You didn't have seconds; you had three weeks. The universe was created in a third of that time." Michael Fassbender says.
Eddie Redmayne's "The Danish Girl" also premiered this weekend in Venice and received a 10-minute standing ovation.
That standing O is not a normal reaction for a film premiere in Venice, but if you've seen the trailer, a strong positive reaction isn't surprising.
"Exactly what happened last night," Alicia Vikander asks.
"There was a moment where I wasn't me, there was a moment where I was just Lili," Eddie Redmayne replies.
Even though reviews for the film have been mixed, there has been no lack of praise or Oscar buzz for Redmayne and his on-screen wife, Alicia Vikander.
This film also received several standing ovations from the world premiere, likely more for the actors than the film itself and specifically for the child actor in the film: 8-year-old Jacob Tremblay.
"Truck. Wiggle out. Jump. Run," Brie Larson's character says.
All of these festivals are strong indicators of top award-season contenders, but Telluride, specifically, has screened every best picture Oscar winner since 2009's "The Hurt Locker."
And all of these films have screened at Telluride, with the exception of "The Danish Girl."
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