It appears the movie Gods heard my cries yesterday when I wrote about wanting to see the first trailer for George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, because lo and behold, today we have just that. Many of us have been calling this one the frontrunner for Oscar’s Best Picture race for quite some time, and based on the trailer, the film looks like it has the chops to be seen on the red carpet many times throughout the upcoming awards season.
The film seems like Oscar bait from the start: Clooney is their most beloved movie star in recent memory, having been nominated in a record amount of categories (six!) over the last eight years. There’s also a decent chance Clooney might have several opportunities to add to his two Oscar wins – he directed, starred, co-produced, and adapted the screenplay (along with Grant Heslov) for the film.
The Monuments Men is based on Robert M. Edsel’s novel about a group of American and British soldiers, curators, and art historians who go behind enemy lines at the height of Adolf Hitler’s campaign through Europe, as the Fuehrer began collecting and destroying priceless works of art that he despised. Their mission is to recover as many artifacts as they can before they are forever lost. The stellar casts includes multiple Oscar winners and nominees, including Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bill Murray, and Bob Balaban, along with John Goodman and Hugh Bonneville.
So let’s review:
Beloved Hollywood icon – Check.
Historically important subject matter – Check.
World War II and Nazis – Check.
All-Star cast – Check.
Did I mention five-time Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat is scoring the film?
The Monuments Men arrives December 18.