The trailer for “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” was released Tuesday (watch it above). Based on the 2011 novel by Ransom Riggs, it introduces us to fanciful world populated by the title character (Eva Green) and her home for orphaned children with special abilities. The cast also includes Asa Butterfield, Allison Janney and Samuel L. Jackson.
The film is written by Jane Goldman (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service“) and directed by Tim Burton. Burton is a two-time Oscar-nominee for Best Animated Feature — “Corpse Bride” (2005) and “Frankenweenie” (2012) — but he’s never been nominated for his live-action films, and he’s never won in any category.
A fantasy adventure film like this one doesn’t look like the type that normally contends in races like Best Picture or Best Director — though last year “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Martian” made big strides for sci-fi/fantasy in top categories. But either way, Burton’s films have been popular in below-the-line races. Most recently “Alice in Wonderland” (2010) won Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. “Sweeney Todd” (2007) also won Best Art Direction, in addition to nominations for Best Costume Design and for Johnny Depp‘s lead performance.
Burton’s previous films “Beetlejuice” (Best Makeup, 1988), “Batman” (Best Art Direction, 1989), “Ed Wood” (Best Makeup and Best Supporting Actor for Martin Landau, 1994) and “Sleepy Hollow” (Best Art Direction, 1999) were also Oscar-winners, and “Edward Scissorhands” (Best Makeup, 1990), “Big Fish” (Best Score, 2003) and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (Best Costume Design, 2005) earned nominations.
With that in mind, could “Miss Peregrine” be an Oscar contender in craft categories? The trailer showcases impressive visual effects, costumes and production design, but maybe it could score even more than that. Watch above, then be sure to comment below.