Possible nominations: Best actor (Hugh Jackman), best director (Denis Villeneuve), best supporting actor (Jake Gyllenhaal), best supporting actress (Maria Bello, Viola Davis)
Outside chance: Best picture
Jackman as a father willing to kidnap the prime suspect in the disappearance of his daughter and a friend. Gyllenhaal as a concerned cop desperate to uncover the truth. Support from old pros Davis, Bello, Terrence Howard, and Melissa Leo. Oh, and Paul Dano as the mute suspect. This creepy thriller mystery should do well at the box office but could also slip in for a surprise best picture nod, a la "Mystic River" in 2003.