3. Young Adult
Directed by: Jason Reitman
, Patrick Wilson
, Patton Oswalt
and Jason Reitman reunite for the story of a young-adult novelist returning home to win back her high-school sweetheart.
Why It's a Contender:
It may seem more than a little ridiculous today, but Juno
scored pretty well with the Academy years ago and this seems like a much more toned-down, mature version of that same sensibility. Reitman is one of the smartest young directors working today and is also a Hollywood insider (consider, for instance, his famous father
). Up in the Air
won nominations without getting to the finish-line; this may be the flick that takes him all the way.