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Holiday Movies and Oscar Favorites?
Topic by: underdog
Posted: November 4, 2004 - 2:16 PM PST
Last Reply: November 12, 2004 - 1:54 AM PST

author topic: Holiday Movies and Oscar Favorites?
underdog
post #1  on November 4, 2004 - 2:16 PM PST  
Hello folks,

Picking up the ball from the fall movie thread, we're now not too far away from the winter holiday movie barrage, so it seemed a good time for people to chime in with:

A) Holiday movies you're most looking forward to

and

B) Films you think will merit strong Oscar consideration (for Best Picture, or any other category you want to mention). Obviously, films released before may still have strong Oscar potential, but usually the majority come of best picture noms come from the batch released over the last two months of the year.


I'm still hoping Eternal Sunshine gets a nom, if not Best Picture (it may be too out there?), then for editing, art design, script, acting maybe...

As for films I'm looking forward to, besides SIDEWAYS, which is already out, and THE INCREDIBLES (out this weekend), I'm also surprised at myself for looking forward to the Lemony Snicket movie -- Jim Carrey looks spot on, as does the rest of the cast (though after the coming attractions I found myself concerned about the overly pouty girl playing Violet). But it looks as gleefully dark as the books.

I have grave doubts about National Treasure, but on the other hand it could be fun.

Then of course there's THE HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, and BAD EDUCATION (New Almodovar), and Wes Anderson's LIFE AQUATIC.

Lots to look forward to, amidst the crap.



C
underdog
post #2  on November 4, 2004 - 2:23 PM PST  
Oh, and as far as Oscar favorites go, it really is too early to tell of course, but will be fun to predict here as we start to see these movies. Will ALEXANDER be the kind of spectacle that Hollywood loves, will it succeed, or will it be a bomb? With very little obviously Oscar-begging, sweeping epics coming, it promises to be a wide open year.

I wonder if Spongebob will get a best actor nom?
Eoliano
post #3  on November 4, 2004 - 3:32 PM PST  
You said it Craig, there's lots of outstanding fare amidst the usual Hollywood dreck, though my expectations for Alexander are modest if not downright low. One can only hope for the best.

By the way, A.O. Scott's review of The Incredibles just came up, and he Goodbye Dragon Innsays it "comes tantalizingly close to greatness."

Here's my list, though it's pretty much the same as the one I posted in the Anticipated Fall Movies thread:

The Assassination of Richard Nixon
The Aviator
Bad Education
Best of Youth/Meglio gioventu
Beyond the Sea
Callas Forever
Closer
House of Flying Daggers
Kinsey
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Motorcycle Diaries
Ocean's Twelve
Our Music
Purple Butterfly
Ray
The Sea Inside
Sideways
A Very Long Engagement


Oh yeah, I still want to Meet the Fockers!.

PS: In case you hadn't noticed, I posted response to your PDR post.
underdog
post #4  on November 4, 2004 - 4:36 PM PST  
> On November 4, 2004 - 3:32 PM PST Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Here's my list, though it's pretty much the same as the one I posted in the Anticipated Fall Movies thread:
>
> The Assassination of Richard Nixon
> The Aviator
> Bad Education
> Best of Youth/Meglio gioventu
> Beyond the Sea
> Callas Forever
> Closer
> House of Flying Daggers
> Kinsey
> The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
> The Motorcycle Diaries
> Ocean's Twelve
> Our Music
> Purple Butterfly
> Ray
> The Sea Inside
> Sideways
> A Very Long Engagement

>
> Oh yeah, I still want to Meet the Fockers!.
>
I am, too, especially given the cast playing the Fockers (Father, and Mother Focker? I'm sure there'll be a joke to that affect in there somewhere.) But have to be in the right mood; the first one was often hilarious but also sort of painful to watch.

Ray has gotten great reviews although I sort of get the idea, knowing Charles' life as I do.. the music has to be positively infectious, though, and I've heard Foxx is amazing.

Kinsey has a lot of buzz, mostly about the performances -- looks like a lot of 'made for Oscar' roles in it, and the cast looks outstanding. Looks more interesting than T.C. Boyle's new book about Kinsey, which has gotten mixed reviews.

I hope Closer turns out well; it's been ages since Mike Nichols' had his hand in a good film.

The Aviator could be one of those Oscar-destined films, or it, too, could be a disappointment (at least at the box office if not artistically). My bet is somewhere in between, but I'm sure it looks great visually.

> PS: In case you hadn't noticed, I posted response to your PDR post.
> ---------------------------------

I did, thanks. :-) I just am afraid to go back into that message thread. Heh.


Eoliano
post #5  on November 4, 2004 - 5:10 PM PST  
> I hope Closer turns out well; it's been ages since Mike Nichols' had his hand in a good film.

I rather liked Angels in America, haven't you seen it yet?

> The Aviator could be one of those Oscar-destined films, or it, too, could be a disappointment (at least at the box office if not artistically). My bet is somewhere in between, but I'm sure it looks great visually.

That's a tough call, but as I said elsewhere, maybe Scorsese will find Howard Hughes a salacious and twisted enough subject who is well suited to his sensibilities.
underdog
post #6  on November 4, 2004 - 5:20 PM PST  
> On November 4, 2004 - 5:10 PM PST Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > I hope Closer turns out well; it's been ages since Mike Nichols' had his hand in a good film.
>
> I rather liked Angels in America, haven't you seen it yet?
>
Oops. You're right, I'd completely forgotten about that one. Er, okay, it's been ages since his last great theatrical film? I was an extra on his "What Planet Are You From?" which is so bad I won't even link to it here. Fun to be an extra on, but tough to watch. Anyway, yes, Angels, wonderful. Hope Closer is good, too.

C
Eoliano
post #7  on November 4, 2004 - 6:11 PM PST  
I was fortunate enough to see a number of Broadway comedies directed by Nichols and his timing was always impeccable even if the material wasn't always top-notch. I was very impressed with his Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf in spite of the hyperbole surrounding its stars, though I have to say, Uta Hagen's Martha was unforgettable.
ALittlefield
post #8  on November 4, 2004 - 7:47 PM PST  
I would imagine that THE AVIATOR will be nominated for several oscars, and that once again Scorsase will not win best director! I also think that THE LIFE AQUATIC looks good, and Bill Murray seems to be the kind of performer that Oscar voters like. Jamie Foxx is a shoo in for a nomination for RAY , which I haven't seen yet. And, yes, I too sincerely hope that ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND is not considered too weird for the Academy. As for another recent favorite of mine, THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD is indeed, to weird for the Academy, and most mainstream audiences...I guess I'm a loon!
DLeonard
post #9  on November 5, 2004 - 12:24 PM PST  
Looks like it could be the year of the bio-pic.

Ray
Kinsey
De-Lovely
Aviator
Alexander
(one word title bio-pics especially)
Motorcycle Diaries
Finding Neverland
Even about people not well-know, such as
Amenabar's Sea Inside and
Sean Penn as the guy who wanted to kill Richard Nixon
Oh, and there's even one about a woman; Zeffirelli's Callas Forever (not really a bio-pic though).

non bio-pics with potential:
Sideways
Spanglish
In Good Company

I too loved Eternal Sunshine and it continues to be my favorite film of the year, but I would really be surprised to see it getting much attention at award time. Same with 2 other favorites; Garden State and Kill Bill v2.

What am I most eager to see of the soon to be released?
Without a doubt:

Life Aquatic
and
Seed of Chucky
oldkingcole
post #10  on November 12, 2004 - 1:54 AM PST  
> On November 5, 2004 - 12:24 PM PST DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Looks like it could be the year of the bio-pic.
>
And in a weird way, maybe in the Foreign Film category as well, for which my vote still would go to Lars von Trier's The Five Obstructions.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was good, but I actually still prefer Kaufman's earlier screenplays for Being John Malkovich and Adaptation .

The Incredibles is currently holding down the top spot for best domestic movie I've seen this year, but that might be because it's also the most recent one I've seen. Spider-Man 2 was also really well-done and might be a contender -- in some of the technical categories, if not in the mainstream ones.

Sideways looks promising. And with Paul Giamatti in the lead role, even more so.

When does Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins get released? That's another one I'm curious about.

Yeah, I've become a comic book junkie.

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