Matt Damon’s Promised Land to Crash Oscar Season

Actor Matt Damon attends the "Contagion" premiere at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 7, 2011 in New York City. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Sound the alarm: Like Taylor Swift at a Kennedy wedding, we have our first Oscar-season party crasher! Focus just dated Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski in a movie they wrote themselves, for December 28. Sneaky! Damon stars as a salesman who comes to a small town to pitch them on fracking, but Krasinski and his fellow citizens are not impressed. What if Damon could promise you some Oscar nominations, J-Kras? What then?