If one of the biggest factors in getting nominated at the Oscars is the so-called "rooting factor," consider "Creed" and its stars Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan to be major contenders. The seventh movie in the "Rocky" boxing franchise opened this week and it already has amassed such a passionate fanbase — including from many of our forum posters (see below) — that it could score a knockout at the Oscars.
Remember, passion is key when it comes to Oscar voters marking their ballots. Even though as many as 10 films can be nominated for Best Picture, academy members only get to vote for their five favorites. That helps ensure that only the most-loved films get in, as opposed to those that people merely like.
Last year's "Whiplash" is a perfect example. That movie about a young drummer didn't have any blockbuster names in front of or behind the camera, yet widespread passion led to the film getting five Oscar nominations and three wins (Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons, Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing).
It's important to note that some of the praise for "Creed" could be residual love from the original film. Back in 1976, Stallone contended for both Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay for "Rocky," losing to "Network" star (Peter Finch) and scribe (Paddy Chayefsky), respectively. The consolation prize — his movie won Best Picture over that film as well as "All the President's Men," "Bound for Glory" and "Taxi Driver."
"Creed" reunites "Fruitvale Station" director Ryan Coogler with Jordan, who stars as Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky's first opponent Apollo. The film has scored a staggering 93 at Rotten Tomatoes (which scores on a pass/fail basis) and an impressive 82 on the sliding scale at MetaCritic, with many of the rave reviews making special mention of Best Supporting Actor hopeful Stallone.
According to our 21 Experts drawn from major media such as Yahoo, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, "Creed" is steadily rising in the Best Picture Oscar race. It now has odds of 50/1 to win, up from lowly 100/1 odds just last week. Click on the right-hand chart to see more of our Experts' odds and rankings.
Will "Creed's" passionate support lead to Oscar glory? Our readers, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, have been debating this hot topic in our all-new, much faster and easier-to-navigate forums.
Read some of their comments below and then join the discussion in our forums.
KyleBailey: Michael B. Jordan is great and could really drive another franchise and do it well. The big revelation in this movie is Sylvester Stallone himself. He puts so much compassion and humor into this performance and it is unlike I've ever seen him before.
GraemeONeil: Believe the hype. Deserves noms for Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, Director, Screenplay. It's insanely good.
FreemanGriffin: Just saw "Creed." I disliked the original "Rocky movies." I'm not a Sylvester Stallone fan — and … I loved this movie!
TWNickPeek: I'm not a fan of boxing movies at all and the last great one I saw, which is better than "Rocky," was "Warrior." But "Creed" should be an Oscar contender. THIS is miles better than something like "Steve Jobs." It is able to give out emotion and rightful hearty moments without being cloying or manipulative that so many sports movie dramas do ("The Blind Side").
KubrickFan98: If Stallone doesn't get a nod for this film, the Academy has truly lost touch as far as I'm concerned.
Ryan Lapierre: After seeing "Creed" this afternoon I put it into my Best Picture lineup. I also put Stallone in. "Creed" has the underdog and rooting factor to it.
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