There are only two I can think of off the bat — The first is in wide release – Coraline for Animated Feature. The other was An Education, which spring-boarded out of Sundance thanks to the raves for its star, Carey Mulligan. In many ways, you have to appreciate the Oscar race for landing one good film in the top ten at the box office:
1. Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail
4. He’s Just Not That Into You
5. Slumdog Millionaire
6. Friday the 13th
7. Paul Blart: Mall Cop
8. Confessions of a Shopaholic
9. Fired Up!
I can’t really speak about Tyler Perry, as I haven’t seen the movie, but Taken, starring Liam Neeson is better than it has any right to be. It’s kind of cheaply put together, with an unbelievable plot. But there is something about it that is truly mesmerizing.¬† Still, the only way this gets to the Oscars is if Neeson’s career is somehow revived as a result. Films released right after the Oscars, though, are generally obliterated by films that come later.