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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 4, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Two Oscar contenders fall into place

Last year at this time, who knew about “The King’s Speech”? And who didn’t think Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” would be an awards contender? Late summer is when the prestige movies take their place on the late-year schedule, and when speculation about Oscar prospects begins. Two big ones just got confirmed this week by Warner Bros.:
— “J. Edgar,” the tireless Eastwood’s biopic about the former FBI head (played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and co-starring Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Judi Dench), will have a wide release Nov. 11.
— “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer (anyone read it?), is directed by the Oscar-friendly Stephen Daldry (“The Reader,” “The Hours,” “Billy Elliot”) and stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, Viola Davis, and James Gandolfini. It will have a limited release (for Oscar eligibility) Dec. 25, then a wide release Jan. 20.

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