Awards Profile: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Welcome 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: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Writers: Jesse Andrews (based on his novel)
Cast: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler, Nick Offerman
Synopsis: A teenage boy working on a film befriends a young girl with cancer.

Why It Might Succeed:

After an ecstatic reception at the Sundance Film Festival this year, in which it won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has been labeled the independent film that could garner a Best Picture nomination. It’s not far out of left field considering last year’s Best Picture nominee, Whiplash, won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, as did Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild (although it didn’t win the Audience Award but garnered the Grand Jury Prize and the Cinematography Award). The similarities to last year’s Fault in Our Stars – specifically the young girl with cancer angle and being based on a novel – are also giving credence to its awards potential.

Why It Might Fail:

There’s no perfect excuse currently since most audiences, outside of those who attended the festival, have little to go on other than the premise and early reviews. Like Beasts, the movie might be too limited, either in narrative scope or promotional budget, to gain a foothold, particularly if the field is fierce come year’s end.

Oscar Potential:

Best Picture
Best Adapted Screenplay

Trailer:

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