Is Woody Allen‘s latest film another Oscar contender? The prolific filmmaker premiered “Cafe Society” at the Cannes Film Festival on May 11 (watch the trailer above). Set in the 1930s, it stars Oscar-nominee Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) as a Bronx man looking to work with his uncle (Oscar-nominee Steve Carell) in Hollywood. The cast also includes noteworthy stars Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively and past Allen collaborators Corey Stoll (“Midnight in Paris”) and Parker Posey (“Irrational Man”).
So will this film be a major Oscar player? Allen is a beloved filmmaker with four victories out of 24 nominations to date: Best Director for “Annie Hall” (1977) and Best Original Screenplay for “Annie Hall,” “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986) and “Midnight in Paris” (2011). His most recent nomination was for his screenplay for “Blue Jasmine” (2013), which won Best Actress for Cate Blanchett.
But even though Allen is an Oscar darling, not all of his films hit the mark with critics or awards voters. In recent years “To Rome with Love” (2012), “Magic in the Moonlight” (2014) and “Irrational Man” (2015) failed to get traction during awards season, but his tremendous output — he directs a movie every year — means that he’s usually never too far from his next Oscar contender.
Do you think “Cafe Society” will be that Oscar contender? Sound off in the comments section below or right here in our famous movie forums.