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What’s most thrilling about the Sundance Film Festival is walking around Park City, Utah knowing there’s a future Oscar hit just around the corner. This past year, it’s anyone’s guess: Jason Segel could win Best Actor as David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour, screenwriter Jesse Andrews could snatch a Screenplay nod for Me Earl and the Dying Girl, and if there’s any justice left in this industry, then Bobcat Goldthwait’s Call Me Lucky could at least be up for discussion.
Not knowing is both frustrating and exciting, but somewhere in the icy muck is a winner that critics will eventually be talking about ad nauseam for months and months to come. For now, all we can do is speculate about 2014’s past graduates ahead of tomorrow’s red carpet festivities: Will Boyhood or Whiplash step through the finish line? Or will they walk away prestigious nominees?
They wouldn’t be alone in either situation. For over 30 years, countless films have made the Sundance to Oscar shuffle. To celebrate this remarkable and exhausting feat, we did the whole listicle thing and chiseled down the festival’s award-winning exports to its 10 best. Agree, disagree, stomp around screaming in the name of Redford, do what you must, but please, please, please … read ahead first.
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