Let’s get an early (and I do mean early) look at the Oscar faves
Let’s talk about the Oscars shall we?
I know it’s a bit early to have that talk, but frankly with so many fun, and awesome movies so far… the Oscar race started a little bit early this year. Actually waaay early. Like summer early. But that’s OK, cause I’m not complaining about good Oscar worthy movies, even when I have to see them mid-July.
That being said, do I need to go back even further and remind you of an excellent (in my opinion also Oscar worthy) movie that came out in March… I’m talking about Logan of course, and as much as I’d love to see Logan get an Oscar nod, It’s highly unlikely considering the Academy’s penchant for tearjerker biopics and gritty dramas. Not for comic book movie that is probably one of the best ever made in the entire movie history. Sadly.
But not to dwell on coulda woulda shoulda… Let’s present some of the Oscar favorites that could be a major Oscar contenders for the next years Oscars.
Yes, I’m fully aware that not all of them will get an Oscar nomination, but I wanna include them anyway.
Just for the hell of it. 🙂
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance…
Fun fact about it: Christopher Nolan, along with his wife Emma Thomas and a friend, made the crossing from England to Dunkirk on a boat, the way the civilians would have done during the Dunkirk Evacuation. Nolan said it took nineteen hours because of the conditions of the sea.
The Shape of Water
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon…
Fun fact about it: This project marks the first time Guillermo del Toro has a female co-writer on his script.
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Lily James, Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn…
Fun fact about it: John Hurt was originally cast as Neville Chamberlain, but had to withdraw due to health issues (he died during filming). The role was then given to Ronald Pickup.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell…
Fun fact about it: Frances McDormand was hesitant to take the role when it was offered, but was eventually convinced by her husband, Joel Coen: “Because at the time he gave it to me I was 58… I was concerned that women from this socioeconomic strata did not wait until 38 to have their first child. So we went back and forth and we debated that quite for a while, and then finally my husband said, ‘Just shut up and do it.'”
Director: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford…
Fun fact about it: Jordan Peele cited the original Night of the Living Dead (1968) as an inspiration for making this his feature film writing-directing debut, because the film had an African American protagonist.
Director: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen…
Fun fact about it: Throughout all his portrayals of Logan, Hugh Jackman stated he learned his American accent from copying Johnny Depp.
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner…
Fun fact about the movie: Molly Bloom, who is banned from Canada because she pleaded guilty to a federal crime in the United States, was granted a 48-hour pass to visit Canada for the movie’s premiere at TIFF.
Director: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney…
Fun fact about it: Margot Robbie is five inches taller than Tonya Harding.
Director: Alexander Payne
Starring: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau…
Fun fact about it: During filming in Lofoten, Norway the crew rented a flotell, Edda Fides, to house the 160 people working on the film.
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris…
Fun fact about the movie: Actors Brian Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson, who play the two brothers in the movie, are in fact brothers in real life, as their last names would suggest.
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson…
Fun fact about the movie: Filmed at the same time as Patriots Day (2016), the other Boston Marathon bombing-related movie. Jeff Bauman is a supporting character in it portrayed by Dan Whelton.
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm…
Fun fact about the movie: The tracking shot in the beginning of the movie where Baby gets coffee took 28 takes. The 21st take is the one used in the movie.
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson…
Fun fact about the movie: This will be the fourth biographical figure played by Chadwick Boseman. He has also starred as James Brown, Jackie Robinson, and Floyd Little.
All the Money in the World
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Spacey, Michelle Williams…
Fun fact about the movie: Originally, Jack Nicholson was offered the role of Jean Paul Getty. but he declined the offer. Kevin Spacey eventually signed on for the role.
Last Flag Flying
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Cicely Tyson…
Fun fact about the movie: The film is a spiritual sequel to The Last Detail (1973).
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Camilla Rutherford…
Fun fact about the movie: This will be the first time that Paul Thomas Anderson will serve as his own cinematographer.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill…
Fun fact about the movie: Mark Hamill told Rian Johnson after reading the script for the film, “I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character [Luke Skywalker]. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you’ve created and do my best to realize your vision.”