The Judge looks to be on track to land in the Oscar race, as its positioning at TIFF makes abundantly clear. It stars Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr. The film looks interesting to me but for some reason it doesn’t have the “cool factor” attached to it. That’s fine, though. It doesn’t need really need that if it’s aiming for the Oscar race. It only needs either decent to great reviews or the ability to bypass the critics entirely and go straight to the people/voters, like The Blind Side. One of its biggest problems, Oscar wise, is the director isn’t anyone people know. The job will then be to up his status in the tribe.