Trailer Park: “The Way Back”

October 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Just a few days after we received confirmation that Peter Weir‘s The Way Back would receive a one-week Oscar-qualifying run at the end of December, this epic trailer hits the web.  And I do mean epic.  Studios and directors aren’t really making films like this anymore, these cross-continental historical dramas/tales of survival, which is a shame.  When done right they can be thrilling, breathtaking cinema.

The cast looks stellar (I can easily see awards traction for Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, and maybe Saoirse Ronan), and it’s obviously gonna show up in at least a few tech categories.  I’m worried that it’s already shaping up to be such a crowded race that it’s late entrance will handicap it severely…

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Newmarket Picks Up “The Way Back”

September 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

So Peter Weir‘s highly-anticipated WWII drama has finally found distribution via Newmarket Films.  Strangely enough, though, it’s release date has been set for January 21.  Obviously this would knock it out of Oscar contention for this year (and, let’s be honest, probably next year as well), unless a late December qualifying run is announced.  Given the awards pedigree of the director, cast, and extremely Oscar-friendly material, I’d be surprised if Newmarket were to totally forego an awards campaign.

[via InContention]

More Prediction Updates

August 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

My predictions for the visual technical categories (Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Visual Effects, and Make-up) are up and completed.  Things I’m feeling good about?: lots of Inception, Tree of Life, and The Way Back. There’s still lots of questions about many of these categories. For example, will the Academy wait to honor the Potter series with The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 or will they jump the gun and start with a few random nominations for Pt. 1?  And the pickings for the visual effects category seem surprisingly slim (could that mean that Scott Pilgrim vs the World could score a nomination? If only…)

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