USA TODAY sees Johnny Depp and SWEENEY TODD as strong Oscar contenders

USA TODAY’s Life section features a substantial article on this year’s Oscar race by Anthony Breznican, who assesses the awards chances of films already released this year and those waiting in the wings. He points out that many of the early releases that were touted as potential Oscar candidates have fizzled at the box office, leaving room for the November and December releases to eclipse them and garner the awards. Breznican sees three “powerhouse films” looming on the horizon: NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR and, yes, Tim Burton’s SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET. Breznican especially likes Johnny’s chances in the Oscar sweepstakes: “Johnny Depp is likely to be a fearsome opponent when Tim Burton’s musical SWEENEY TODD, about a serial-killing London barber in the early 1800s, makes its crimson splash on the big screen,” he writes. It’s great to see SWEENEY TODD and Johnny Depp so prominently mentioned on the “likely nominee” list.

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