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Is 'Up in the Air' this year's 'Slumdog'?

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Okay, Oscar fans: I know it’s very early in the season, but I do find it interesting that we’ve had two pre-Oscar award announcements and both groups (the National Board of Review and the Washington, D.C., Film Critics Association) named Up in the Air as their Best Picture. Please tell me we’re not in for a clean sweep like Slumdog Millionaire pulled off last year. Don’t get me wrong: I’m a huge Air booster and it’s without question one of the best films I’ve seen this year. I just can’t bear the thought of another predictable awards season. And something tells me the Up in the Air team wouldn’t mind if some other movies started sharing the wealth, since it’s often difficult to remain the frontrunner all season long (just ask anyone involved with Brokeback Mountain). So when will the tide turn a bit? With this weekend’s New York or Los Angeles critics lists? With the Globe nominations next Tuesday? Until then, here’s the rest of my OscarWatch interview with Air director Jason Reitman, where we discuss how film is different from Walter Kirn’s novel, why he cast Anna Kendrick, and the magic of Up in the Air cameo provider Young M.C.

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