Oscar Possibilities Still to Come & No Goes

This year has been pretty tame so far in terms of Oscar excitement.  I know.  It’s only June, almost July, but it would be nice to see some excitement!

This week, Gary Ross’s new film Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey, is being released, and reviews are not looking good.  Sorry, Ross.  This year will not be a Seabiscuit, Dave or Big moment for you.

However still to come are the following films:

August:

The Founder
Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, Patrick Wilson, Laura Dern & Linda Cardellini
Director: John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks)
Writer: Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler, Turbo)
Premise: The true story of McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc.
Possibilities: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score

– Florence Foster Jenkins
Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg & Rebecca Ferguson
Director: Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen)
Writer: Nicholas Martin
Premise: The true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a NY heiress who pursued her dream of becoming an opera singer, even though she had an awful voice.
Possibilities: Early reviews have been strong, especially for Meryl Streep & Hugh Grant. Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Picture, Best Director

September:

The Light Between Oceans
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender & Rachel Weisz
Director: Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Between the Pines)
Writer: Derek Cianfrance
Premise: Based on the novel by M.L. Stedman, a lighthouse keeper and his wife live off the coast of Western Australian and raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat, only to meet a lady years later who talks about her daughter she lost at sea.
Possibilities: Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Score, Best Cinematography

Sully
Cast: Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn & Aaron Eckhart
Director: Clint Eastwood (Mystic River, American Sniper, Million Dollar Baby)
Writer: Todd Komarnicki
Premise: The true story of Pilot Chesley Sullenberger, a man who became a hero after gliding his place along the water in the Hudson River, saving all 155 passengers on board.
Possibilities: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay

Snowden
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Tom Wilkinson, Nicholas Cage, Rhys Ifans, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Timothy Olyphant, Joely Richardson & Scott Eastwood
Director: Oliver Stone (Platoon, JFK, Any Given Sunday)
Writers: Kieran Fitzgerald & Oliver Stone
Premise: The true story of NSA employee Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of classified documents to the press.
Possibilities: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay

The Magnificent Seven
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Matt Bomer, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio & Cam Gigandet
Director: Antoine Fugua (Training Day)
Writers: John Lee Hancock, Nic Pizzolatto & Richard Wenk
Premise: A remake of the 1960’s classic about seven gun men in the old west who gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.
Possibilities: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Picture, Best Director

Queen of Katwe
Cast: Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong’o & David Oyelowo
Director: Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake)
Writer: William Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Hoax)
Premise: A young girl from Uganda trains to become a world chess champion.
Possibilities: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay

October:

The Girl on the Train
Cast: Emily Blunt, Laura Prepon, Luke Evans, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez & Lisa Kudrow
Director: Tate Taylor (The Help)
Writer: Erin Cressida Wilson (Men, Women & Children, Chloe, Secretary)
Premise: Based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins, this mystery tells the story of story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce.  Every day she takes the same train to work and sees a woman on a balcony and creates a wonderful dream in her head.  It all seems so nice until the woman goes missing and Rachel’s drinking and decisions catch up to her, making her a suspect in the case.
Possibilities: Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Director

The Accountant
Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, John Lithgow & Jeffrey Tambor
Director: Gavin O’Connor (Warrior)
Writer: Bill Dubuque (The Judge)
Premise: A forensic accountant un-cooks the books for illicit clients.
Possibilities: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Picture, Best Director & Best Original Screenplay

American Pastoral
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Uzo Aduba, Rupert Evans & David Strathairn
Director: Ewan McGregor
Writer: John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer, Nights in Rodanthe)
Premise: Based on the novel by Philip Roth, a man watches his seemingly perfect life fall apart as his daughter’s new political affiliations threatens to destroy their family in postwar America.
Possibilities: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Score

November:

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Cast: Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel & Steve Martin
Director: Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi)
Writer: Jean-Christophe Castelli
Premise: Based on the novel by Ben Fountain, 19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks, the film shows what really happened to his squad – contrasting the realities of war with America’s perceptions.
Possibilities: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Picture, Best Director,  Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography

Allied
Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan & Matthew Goode
Director: Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away, Flight, Forrest Gump)
Writer: Steven Knight (Burnt, Pawn Sacrifice, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Eastern Promises)
Premise: Max, a French-Canadian spy in 1942, falls in love and marries French agent Marianne, after a mission in Casablanca.  Max is notified that Marianne is likely a Nazi spy and beings to investigate her.
Possibilities: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography

Lion
Cast: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman & David Wenham
Director: Garth Davis
Writer: Luke Davies
Premise: Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, an Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home, when he is five-years-old.  He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia.  25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Possibilities: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay

December:

La La Land
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock and Rosemarie DeWitt.
Director: Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
Writer: Damien Chazelle
Premise: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.
Possibilities: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing

Collateral Beauty
Cast: Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Naomie Harris & Michael Pena
Director: David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada)
Writer: Allan Loeb (Things We Lost in the Fire, Rock of Ages)
Premise: Colleagues devise a drastic plan to help a New York advertising executive recover from a personal tragedy.
Possibilities: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Picture, Best Director

Passengers
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Martin Sheen & Laurence Fishburne
Director: Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
Writer: Jon Spaihts (Prometheus)
Premise: A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers.  As a reult, two passengers are awakened 60 years early.
Possibilities: Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography

 

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