With 36 days left until the GOP's Iowa Caucus and 57 days remaining until the 2011 Oscar nominations are announced, the candidates and Best Picture hopefuls have begun to run together in our thoughts. At times, this can be can be frustrating, like when we ask somebody whether they think Jon Huntsman has a shot at best original screenplay, but it's also a nice way to present how we see the candidates and films as they gear up for the home stretch.
Now, to the contenders!
Like Mitt Romney, The Descendants is starting to take on an air of inevitability, which is fair. The reviews have been strong and writer-director Alexander Payne and star George Clooney have seven Academy Award nominations between them, so, like Romney, they're battle-tested for the rigors of a long campaign. And The Descendants' trailer, which veers back-and-forth between comedy and drama at an alarming rate, makes you wonder if the movie, like the candidate, might prove too mealy-mouthed for some voters.
Like Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winner, Gingrich has lots of ideas about things, some of which probably feature Texas, dinosaurs, and what it was like to be Brad Pitt's least-favorite son. So he's got the whole vision thing, and the endorsement of the New Hampshire Union Leader, which is its own kind of Palme d'Or (made early; of questionable influence with voters). As alternatives to the heartstring-plucking of The Descendants and center-right Republicanism of Romney go, this is probably your best bet.