An untitled Steven Spielberg movie about the 1972 Munich, Germany Olympics has emerged as the mid-year frontrunner to land a Best Picture Oscar in 2006, according to America's top critics.

The experts who write for Internet site insist the five films which will be in contention for the Academy Award next year have all yet to be released.

And Spielberg's new film about the massacre of Israeli athletes, which the movie mogul started filming earlier this week(beg27JUN05), leads the pack.

The other films the reviewers feel sure will be nominated early next year (06) are JARHEAD, Memoirs Of A Geisha, GOODNIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK and THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA.

Website editor TOM O'NEIL says, "Award voters love real stories, especially when they're important ones about persecution

told by Spielberg - Schindler's List reigns as the only film in modern history to win Best Picture from every major awards group."

Spielberg is expected to shoot the movie throughout the summer (05) and hopes to release it at Christmas.

O'Neil also likes Sam Mendes' new movie Jarhead as an Oscar contender: "Since it's about the disillusionment of a US Marine during the first Gulf war, it'll have obvious impact on Americans struggling now with doubts or worries about the current involvement in Iraq."

02/07/2005 01:40