The Coen Brothers Enter the Oscar Race with the Teaser for True Grit

Tired of reading about how the Oscar campaign is going to come down to The King's Speech and The Social Network? Then warmly embrace the Coen Brothers and their adaptation of True Grit, since it could probably get a Best Picture nomination based on this first teaser trailer alone. If only Roger Deakins could shoot every movie, ever.

Based on Charles Portis' original source novel and not the 1969 film that won John Wayne his honorary Oscar Best Actor trophy, True Grit is your basic Coen revenge tale. A young girl (newcomer Hailee Steinfeld) hires a rusty old U.S. Marshal (Jeff Bridges), a young(ish) Texas Ranger (Matt Damon) and heads out with them to track her father's killer (Josh Brolin, who still seems to have his make-up on from Jonah Hex).

The teaser is beautiful -- Deakins looks to be on the level of his iconic work for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford -- and the film seems tailor made to get any number of cast members an Oscar nomination. In that regard, get used to Hailee Steinfeld's name since you'll be hearing it plenty between now and January.

VERDICT: Sold!

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