Does this look a little schmaltzy? Yes. A little too sentimental? Yes. Right up the Academy's alley? Hell yes. In the aftermath of 9/11 a tale of courage and healing will be a warm holiday film that will unite people and will soundly resonate with the members of the Academy. It also looks like Bullock, Thomas Horn, and the incredible Max von Sydow all could be contenders (not sure about Hanks). Daldry is a favorite and if this one is at least as good as The Reader (which isn't saying much), expect nominations.