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  • Paul Sheehan
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    Winning the top prize at Cannes certainly boosts the profile of this picture. However, with such divisive reviews, a Best Picture bid is not necessarily in the cards.  

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    Kennedy Everett Maraj
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    I will not be surprised to see “The Tree of Life”; “Melancholia” and “The Artist” being featured prominently at next years Oscars. Something tells me these three films will definitely received a great reception by American audiences come award season time.

     

    Paul I know you wont like to hear this but right now I feel “The Artist” may just be the front runner at next years Oscars. A couple years ago it was the comeboack of the musicals with “Moulin Rouge” and “Chicago” and now with “The Artist” I can so see those columns being written about this film ushering the comback of silent films.

     

    A lot can happen from now till then but I will say that Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is going to be a major threat and contender in the Best Actor race this year.

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    babypook
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    Win calms The Tree of Life’s box office jitters

    From Monday’s Globe and Mail

     

     

     

     

     


    The Tree of Life, American director Terrence Malick’s meditation on death in a family, the birth of the cosmos and the struggle between Nature and Grace, took the top prize at the 64th Cannes International Film Festival Sunday.

    Though the film, decades in gestation and three years in editing, came into the festival a favourite, by the end it was no sure thing, with strong disagreements among critics as to the unconventional film’s merits. The announcement of the film’s win earned both boos and cheers from the press in the Salle Debussy, who watched the closing ceremonies on a live feed from the adjacent, Grand Lumière auditorium.

     

    Industry insiders here suggested that, without a Palme to validate Malick’s challenging film, The Tree of Life could have faced an uncertain box office. Producer Bill Pohlad, who accepted the award on Malick’s behalf, acknowledged the win was a huge relief.

    “I just spoke with him [Malick] earlier today and of course he remains infamously and notoriously shy and low-profile and quiet and humble. But I know he is thrilled with this award. It’s been a long road. A year ago at this time it seemed an even longer road but tonight, that’s changed.”

    The director, who has created only five feature films over a 40-year career, is among the most revered of American auteurs, and the Palme win both helps the film and keeps the Cannes prize relevant to American distributors.

    In a press conference following the awards, jury president Robert De Niro said “Most of us felt the movie had the size, the importance, the tension, whatever you want to call it, that seemed to fit the prize. It just had it… Most of us felt the movie was terrific.”

    The Tree of Life benefited from some splits on the jury, as indicated by the unusual choice to pick two runner-up Grand Jury winners, with prizes going both to Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s, The Kid with a Bike, and the Turkish entry, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.

     

    Malick’s return to the screen was nearly overshadowed by controversy around Danish director Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, a film that also explored one family’s problems against the background of cosmological events. Von Trier’s inflammatory remarks, expressing sympathy for Nazis, got him banned from the festival, though the film stayed in contention.

    When Kirsten Dunst accepted her best actress award for Melancholia, she thanked “the festival for allowing our film to still be in competition.”

    De Niro said that the jury had said that Melancholia was judged on its own merits: “If it had been decided by the majority of people, then that would have been the film that would have been chosen [for the Palme].”

    French director, Olivier Assayas, added, “As far as I’m concerned, it’s one of the best films. I think it’s a great film. I think we all agree in [the festival] condemning the press conference, but Melancholia had great acting, and was a beautiful, very accomplished work of art.”

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    Spenser Davis
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    Kennedy, with regards to your predictions about “The Artist,” depending on how the awards campaign is handled for this film, it certainly could pull in a huge following. Let’s be honest, it will be one-of-a-kind this year, and (like “Chicago” that year) will quite possibly stand-out from the other contenders. I do see a Actor in a Comedy nomination for Dujardin at the very least. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but the Weinsteins are helping to distribute this film; coming off of a Best Picture win, they’re probably amped up for a brand-new flurry of promos and FYCs.

     

    As for “The Tree of Life,” I can see a Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay string of nominations at the Oscars. And it will be interesting to see what categories Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain (who is going to have a killer awards season) are placed in. If Pitt, for example, lands in Supporting Actor, he might just grab the award entirely.

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    iskolar
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    We all know that Tree of Life is gonna make a splash come Oscar nomination time. People have been predicting it for over a year already. LOL. Anyway, with the Palme d’or Win, the ten slots for BP, and the star power behind the material, it is pretty evident this will make it on the BP line up next year.

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    babypook
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    I cant imagine Tree of Life not receiving a BP nod, but I dont think it’s going to win. I’d say a win for Malick is more likely, and even that is remote atm.

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    We still have another 7 months before critics start giving out their awards. It might be seen as divisive now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the consesus was that its a masterpiece by December. We’ll see.

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    Tom O’Neil
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    Tree of Life opens this weekend in NYC and LA, then goes wide across America in July. Everybody will get to see it very soon.

     

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    babypook
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    TToL currently has a Metacritic score of 86, based on 31 reviews. Considering that The Social Network ended up with a 95 rating based on 42 reviews, I’d say that critical reception just might be largely incidental re it’s Oscar chances.

     

    I’m curious to see how NY, and LA chooses as their BP.

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    Jake
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    I wonder how Sean Penn’s recent negative comments towards the outcome will translate during awards season. Did he shot himself in the foot?!

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    Edwin Drood
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    The more time passes, the more obvious it seems that Tree of Life will not be Fox Searchlight’s major push this awards season.  I do think, however, that Pitt could score two acting nods this year if he is promoted as supporting for this…

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