This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Melissa Benoist, left, and Miles Teller in a scene from "Whiplash." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics, Daniel McFadden)
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"Whiplash," about a young jazz drummer and his bullying music teacher, is generating Oscar buzz even before its release this week.The movie, which won two top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is even being mentioned as a possible Best Picture nominee for the Academy Awards in February.From its opening scene the film focuses relentlessly on the protege/mentor relationship between Neyman and Fletcher, a perfectionist who demands that his students give everything -- and then some.Chazelle admits the film poses ethical questions, about art and abuse of power.Critics have raved about the film, which won the Grand Jury Prize for drama and the Audience Award for drama at this year's Sundance festival, and was nominated for the Queer Palm in Cannes.
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