Kevin Goldstein of The Los Angeles Times has already given Fellowship of the Ring 18-1 odds of picking up a Best Picture Oscar at the next Academy Awards:
A classic fable of good against evil, this Peter Jackson-directed film has the grand ambition (it’s just the first in a trilogy of films) and the mythic sweep to be a serious contender. It has some history on its side — Star Wars was a best picture nominee—and a dream cast (including Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett) that gives it a leg up on Harry Potter. especially if academy voters aren’t offended by the Burger King marketing tie-ins.
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