After a big week that included trailers dropping for many Oscar hopefuls, the staff and I talk about the first look at the following films:
- Showtime’s “Homeland” Season 3
- Stephen Frears’ Philomena with Judi Dench from the Weinstein Company. Is it too fluffy for the Academy?
- George Clooney’s The Monuments Men from Sony Pictures. Did the tone of the trailer strike you as too light for a World War II film?
- Spike Jonze’s Her starring Joaquin Phoenix from Warner Bros.. While many of us were in awe of the trailer and what it looked to offer, one of us is on the negative side. Guess which one?
- The full trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Counselor starring Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt from Warner Bros. While the film looks like a great time for fans of film, Oscar may find it too violent or generic. Do we all agree?
- The sad trailer for Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said with the late James Gandolfini. Already calling it a possible Golden Globe Awards player, especially for Gandolfini.
- The (dull?) trailer for Diana starring Naomi Watts. Will it crash and burn like other biopics before it or will it rise to the occasion?
We also get into the talk about Jeff Nichols’ Mud and Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines being the first out the door. What are the chances for the two when awards time comes around.
We also go back in time to 1995 and talk about Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects and a weird Oscar year that included two lone directors with no Best Picture nominations.
Finally, we get into a talk about the big performances that are destined to win and how they manage to bring in, what many feel like is, a lesser performance to a nomination. Which performance will pull someone else in this year? An article will also follow this week to talk more about it.
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