October Oscar Watch
: Watch for 'Bullets Over Broadway' to score
When you’re looking for an Oscar nomination, it helps to have one or two on your resume already, and October will see a handful of onetime voter favorites seeking to up their career totals. Woody Allen already has 16 nominations (10 for writing, five for directing, and one for acting) to his credit, and if the Academy is in a forgiving mood, he could improve the tally with the period comedy Bullets Over Broadway (actresses Dianne Wiest and Jennifer Tilly could also be recognized for their supporting roles). Other repeaters might include seven-time nominee Paul Newman and six-time writer-director nominee Robert Benton, teaming up for Nobody’s Fool, and Anthony Hopkins, looking for his third Best Actor nomination in four years for The Road to Wellville. But the real October surprise could come from a newcomer, Quentin Tarantino (left, with his star John Travolta), whose violent and comic Pulp Fiction will arrive with both good omens-the top prize at Cannes, a roster of great performances, all but certain critical raves-and high hurdles, chief among them the kind of bloodshed that can turn off older Oscar voters.