You may notice in the sidebar that my Oscar predictions for Best Picture have changed, mostly because one of the big films of this year, Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, doesn't look to be coming out any time this year. So you'll find two new films have surfaced on the sidebar, the first being Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, which is set to open the Venice Film Festival. The other is 127 Hours from Academy-Award winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), a film about mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Both films finally have release dates set for the last two months of the year. 127 Hours is set for release on November 5th, and Black Swan will come into limited release on December 1st. This year has been mostly devoid of outstanding quality, with the exception of a few bold films. So now that we're entering the time of year when high-class filmmakers release their films, we may receive a flood of films that overshadow those three films from the first part of this year. I can see 127 Hours and Black Swan placing on the top 10 list for Best Picture.