On August 26 SPC is broadening the movie again, back to 500 theaters (they were up over 1000 at their mid-summer height). The goal is to take the movie right into the awards season. SPC will have some other pictures entering the fray, including two films most press have not yet seen: the New York Film Festival opener, Roman Polanski's Carnage (released December 16), and David Cronenberg's NYFF gala selection A Dangerous Method (November 23).
SPC usually factors in the foreign film Oscar race; Footnote has a good shot at winning Israel's Ophir Award in order to become their official Oscar submission. And last out for SPC this year will be Iranian Asghar Farhadi’s marriage breakup drama A Separation on December 30. They acquired the film in May; it won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and will play in Toronto.
While I doubt that any of the Midnight in Paris actors will get nods, with the Academy’s new best picture nomination process (designed to be inclusive of audience favorites), the film is looking good for a best picture nod. Allen should certainly land original screenplay and directing nominations.