Awards Profile: By The Sea


by-the-sea-angelina-jolie-brad-pittWelcome to the 2015 Awards Profiles series. For the next two months, every day (except for Saturday), we will bring you a run down of a future 2015 film that we see as a potential awards vehicle for next year’s Academy Awards. This is all speculative since with just about all these films, we haven’t seen a frame yet. Nonetheless, we venture on. If you miss a film, then click on the tag “2015 Awards Profile.”

Director: Angelina Jolie
Writer: Angelina Jolie
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup
Synopsis: Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner.

Why It Might Succeed:

BRANGELINA DOING MOVIES TOGETHER AGAIN!: Despite the fact that Hollywood has trended towards making the brand the star rather than actors, people still turn up for the stars. The prospect of Brad and Angelina being in a movie together for the first time in 10 years should help bring attention to the movie and as we have seen time and time again, having your film watched (aka being at the top of the screener pile) can make the difference in the Oscar game. With the noterity that this duo brings just by being themselves, the movie will have a good chance of being in contention. If the quality is there to go along with the celebrity, Oscar could come a-calling.

The Full Creative Team: While Unbroken wasn’t the big Oscar hit some thought it could be, Jolie directing her 3rd project definitely shows she’s serious about the job. Ben Affleck recently won on his 3rd directing try and there’s nothing to say Angie couldn’t do the same. Particularly, given the actors she’s employed such as Melanie Laurent and Niels Arestrup, and Christian Berger, the Oscar nominated DP (The White Ribbon), who supposedly is uing a new natural light technique for the film.

Subject Matter. Oscar loves a good relationship drama, particularly in the acting departments. This movie sounds like it will contain a lot of material that the actors, and audiences, can chew on.

Why It Might Fail

For every Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf you get a Revolutionary Road, a movie with a great on-screen couple that manages to disappoint and come up with a small nomination tally. Also, By the Sea is sure to have the attention of many in the industry and the public, which can hurt if the movie doesn’t live up to the hype. This is something Jolie was very familiar with Unbroken, which suffered as one of the front-runners sight unseen last year.

Oscar Potential
Best Picture
Best Director (Angelina Jolie)
Best Actor – Brad Pitt
Best Actress – Angelina Jolie
Best Supporting Actress – Melanie Laurent
Best Original Screenplay
Best Production Design
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Editing
Best Makeup & Hairstyling

  • Nick T

    Why isn’t Jolie also listed for Best Actress?

    • Taylor Cuch

      My guess as to why they didnt include that category is Angelina will probably throw all her weight behind a directing nom instead of acting, especially because the first two times she campaigned for best director they went no where. Id like to see her up for Best Actress anyway though, if her performance is strong enough the academy might just nominate her for it anyway if her directing sucks.

  • Aaron

    I really hope this movie is good, but Angelina Jolie butchered Unbroken so bad that I can’t really have high expectations for this movie, and that may be a good thing for Jolie.
    Also, the comparison to Ben Affleck isn’t a good one. Ben Affleck has been a good director since the very first movie he directed Gone Baby Gone in 2007, and that hasn’t been the case for Jolie. It was only until his 3rd try that the Academy chose to recognize him.

    • I thought exactly the same thing about the Ben Affleck comparison. While “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town” were too small for best picture consideration, they did get great reviews and managed acting nominations for Amy Ryan and Hawkeye, respectively (sorry, I don’t remember the actor’s name). I love Angie and I want her and this film to succeed. I just don’t agree she’s a Ben Affleck level director yet.

  • Jamie Teller

    Unbroken’s issues were more with the script than the direction. This looks interesting, kind of like one of those Taylor-Burton films of the 60s. I’m game for it.